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Disappointment and Loss
In the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha focused primarily on suffering as a gateway to liberation. But he also taught that mindfulness of happiness can provide the same liberating insights as suffering.
Forgiving the Unforgivable: 9/11
Forgiveness practice can help you find meaning in life's worst events and free you of the inner violence of your own rage.
Living with Disappointment
If you choose to consciously accept life's disappointments, you will discover meaning in your suffering.
Releasing the Past through Investigation
When you respond to difficulty as if it is a moment of dharma, it frees you from suffering.
The Dharma of Disappointment
If you embrace disappointment as your teacher, life itself is not disappointing. Read the following article and listen to the suggested audio dharma talk, and then deepen your understanding of the teachings by contemplating the reflections provided below.
Audio Dharma Talk
Not Objecting To What Is
The untrained mind will be motivated primarily by habits and reacting to what’s pleasant and unpleasant. When we object to the unpleasant we fall into aversion and clinging, making us much more miserable. Discover how objecting does not serve you.
What Might Have Been
We cling to the past in many different ways. This talk explores utilizing Vipassana Meditation as a means to let go and obtain more freedom.
Mindfulness practice helps us develop resiliency, the capacity to recover from loss and trauma. By cultivating panna or wisdom, and by practicing compassion, loving-kindness, and reflection, we develop an attitude that supports our physical and emotional resilience.
Living with Difficulty
How can we deal with difficulty when it manifests in our lives? Possible responses include collapse, denial, restlessness, worry, fear, and self-blaming. By living with the difficult in skillful ways, we are more empowered to fix it or attend to it as best we can. Can we be willing to let difficulty break open our hearts?
Working with Personal Defeat
This talk specifically looks at personal defeat in your life. This could be a past or present situation in which you had the capacity to bring about a desired outcome but were unable to do so. Moffitt describes four stages in working with personal defeat and suggests that working with such defeats can offer a rich harvest.