Aversion: Week 1
Offered by Tuere Sala at Seattle Insight Meditation Society Feb 5, 2019
For Your Contemplation
This month we are exploring the hindrance of aversion or ill will. The Pali word for aversion is 'Patigha' which means 'striking against'. This month we want to begin to see how we 'strike against' reality. We can think of it as an attitude of resistance or rejection; places and situations in our lives where we are pushing away, avoiding or not wanting. We are not practicing to simply accept everything regardless of the potential danger/harm. We are practicing seeing our resistance/rejection; seeing our relationship with the present moment. The more we can see the unfolding present moment, the more capacity we will have to discern the appropriate response without the impulsiveness of reactivity. Practicing with aversion is not easy. Keep your focus on gathering information. Give yourself time to learn the nature of aversion and how it operates in the thinking mind. This week pay attention to your resistance. See if you can get up-close and personal with the nature of not wanting and reflect on what acceptance would truly look like to you.