Meditation + Talk: How “Not Knowing” Dissolves Suffering
April 12, 2024

When we cling to what we “know,” we often suffer — because we narrow our perspective and can get trapped in a cycle of expectations and disappointments. This prevents us from seeing the true nature of our ever-changing reality, as well as the many opportunities around us.

In my Wednesday Meditation and Talk from April 10, I talked about how embracing “not knowing” can help dissolve suffering, releasing us from the shackles of our mind.

Some key points that I covered are:

  • When we embrace not knowing we can come to rest in a deep peace, which is what we meditated on.
  • The balance of useful knowing and opening into a sense of “don’t know.”
  • How embracing uncertainty promotes an open mind and reduces the impulse to overanalyze or prematurely judge situations or people.
  • How to apply the attitude of not knowing to what the Buddha called the five major hindrances: doubt, ill-will, attachment to sense-pleasure, regret/remorse/agitation/restlessness/worry, and sloth/torpor/procrastination.

I hope you find it helpful. You are welcome to join my free Wednesday Meditations – which are open to everyone!


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