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The Alchemy of Meditation 3 - Heart and Mind

by Vajragupta (2022)

How do we keep our meditation alive and fresh - especially over the long-term? Can we get lost and bogged down in our meditation and lose connection with creativity, play, and freshness? How do we go deeper?

Responding to these questions, Vajragupta looks at the Four Iddhipadas - the four 'powers' or 'means of accomplishment' taught by the Buddha. These are: desire, discernment, heart/mind, and resolve. They are both four ingredients of a creative meditation practice, and they also draw out the alchemical process of meditation, or how the transformative process of meditation works.

Talk three (36 mins) of four investigates citta, or heart/mind - the stream of thoughts and emotions that form our experience. How do we work with that flow and re-channel it into more helpful and expansive directions when necessary?