Opening the heart through consciously allowing ourselves to touch and
be touched by all of life, including the difficult, dissolves the
defensive armor of separation; this allows us to receive life's
nourishment and discover true inner strength.
Lovingkindness is the quality of friendliness toward oneself and others
developed through the practice of metta. This talk describes how the
practice works as a protection, a healing, a purification of heart, and a
boundless state of mind.
Hindrances and habits prevent us from experiencing a natural and peaceful radiance of mind. Meditators learn to make peace with obstacles. We learn to work skillfully with the hindrances. Sloth and torpor and restlessness are common energetic imbalances that either dull the mind into sleepiness and laziness, or agitate the mind by promoting worry and anxiety. This talk examines the causes that produce the hindrances, and provides practical suggestions and tools for working with obstacles and overcoming their force.