"There is the case where a monk remains focused on mental qualities in & of themselves with reference to the five hindrances. And how does a monk remain focused on mental qualities in & of themselves with reference to the five hindrances? There is the case where, there being sensual desire present within, a monk discerns that 'There is sensual desire present within me.' Or, there being no sensual desire present within, he discerns that 'There is no sensual desire present within me.' He discerns how there is the arising of unarisen sensual desire. And he discerns how there is the abandoning of sensual desire once it has arisen. And he discerns how there is no future arising of sensual desire that has been abandoned. (The same formula is repeated for the remaining hindrances: ill will, sloth & drowsiness, restlessness & anxiety, and uncertainty.)
In summary, there is a middle way between mindfully allowing hindrances to over-run your meditation, and an all-out frenzied assault against them. Well, that's my take anyway.
clw_uk wrote:What I do now is when they crop up I tend to watch them but from a distance and they do seem to die down on their own, i was just concerned that this was wrong practice incase you shouldnt let them into your awareness at all.
Be careful that you are not generating aversion to the process of discursive thought. Unless you are in or near jhana, it is going to be there.
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