Q: How To Stay On Track When Others Are Being Obstructive?

(approx. 9 minutes) KEYWORDS: Q:"It can be too difficult to be around various types of individuals and at the same time be developing the brahmaviharas. How do we stay on track and generate a supportive environment for practice. This often creates conflict in my mind." Don’t be afraid of feeling pressure, frustration, heart energy, welcome, potential, raw expression, dilemma, purification, ‘my way’, virtuous struggle, affluence, entitlement, comfort, weak, anjali, balance, intensity, Dhammapada 239, goldsmith, dross, complaining, good fortune, apocryphal, Venerable Ananda, older people, grumpy, may this fire burn away habits of heedless resistance, may this pressure purify my heart.

Q: There Is A Great Storm Raging In My Mind And In My Heart_PART_02

(approx. 14 minutes) KEYWORDS: More on meeting pain, suffering, 3 types of suffering, simple dukkha, challenging dukkha, complex dukkha, denied pain, backlog, energy, flare up, distorted, exaggerated, appear to much, patient, ultimate transformer, our own heart energy, skill, exercise, talking, help.

Q: A Contemplative Perspective On Compulsive Stress Eating

(approx. 15 minutes) KEYWORDS: Q: “I know from past experiences that increased food intake never genuinely makes me feel better. Might you have any advice? Evolutionary biologists, psychologists, demonize desire, wanting, craving, wholesome desires, enemy, smoking, breaking the habit, basic skills, 5 spiritual faculties, faith, kamma, energy, intensity, embodied mindfulness, discipline attention, discernment, indriya samvara, skilful composure, containing, respecting intensity, hiri and ottappa, conscience, lokapala, protectors of the world, skilful shame and fear of the consequences of shamelessness, guilt, progress, unruly heart energy, competent, ill-will, truly responsible.