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antidote to sadness

Postby befriend » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:30 pm

what is the antidote to sadness? is it an increase in one of the hindrances?
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Re: antidote to sadness

Postby nameless » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:33 am

Sadness is not listed as one of the 5 hindrances: desire, aversion, sloth/torpor, restlessness/worry, doubt.

It is probably related to desire (sadness when you lose/fail to obtain something you desire), or aversion (to the situation you are in where you can't have what is desired).

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Re: antidote to sadness

Postby Jhana4 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:36 pm

In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: antidote to sadness

Postby Prasadachitta » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:57 pm

Hello Befreind,

I think that sadness can describe a number of differing states of mind. An appropriate response would depend on why one is sad and the type of thoughts which accompany the continuing sadness.

However I would say the most generally applicable response is to attend to bodily sensations arising and passing away with the breath. Sadness is often an experience we resist being aware of and in the processes we tend to prolong it and get into intrenched rumination about it.

I hope this helps.

Take care

Prasadachitta
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Postby philipabraham » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:31 am

Nice one.Thanks for sharing.

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Re: antidote to sadness

Postby Oh.Wow » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:35 am

Try opening up to the sadness. It's obviously arising because it was caused by something. Try to spend some time with it, and understand what it's all about. Then it will probably become your friend and stop bothering you.
-Wow

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