Talk

The Paramis: The Nature of Resolve

For Your Contemplation

This month we will be practicing with Resolve (Adhitthana in Pali). These first two weeks are about investigating the nature of resolve and how it can provide greater support in our own lives. Resolve is not about our force of will or how dedicated we are. It is about investigating the intentions or motivation behind our actions and thoughts. It is about being willing to see how much we live out of conditioning/habit and stay present to its destructive nature in our lives. If you entered this path to free yourself from ill will and generate goodwill, how often do you notice whether your thinking is aligned with this intention? How attached are you to having your life stay the same vs. having a willingness to challenge some of your most addictive habit patterns? Over the next two weeks, see if you can pay attention to how you go through life. There is no need to judge what you see. Resolve lies somewhere in our simple willingness to see.