Boredom can be overcome with practice in understanding bodily sensations. People are always looking for things to do because they don’t know how to do nothing, but peace is more important than anything. The practice of mindfulness is focused on the body in order to free the mind, develop wisdom, and create peace in life. Focus on the body to overcome anger and frustration. The talk was on mindfulness of the body and the harm that negative emotions do to the body. In Buddhism, forgiveness is a very important response to any conflict. It stops revenge and helps to repair the damage that has been done. You can’t keep anger going because the feelings associated with anger are unpleasant and you can’t stay focused on those feelings for very long without noticing how harmful they are to your physical health. When we focus on the body, we come to a truth which we cannot deny. The best of these emotions, such as peace, can start to get us to value our present moment more, and to live in a way which is more fulfilling.
This dhamma talk was originally recorded on cassette tape on 7th December 2001. It has now been remastered and published by the Everyday Dhamma Network, and will be of interest to his many fans.
These talks by Ajahn Brahm have been recorded and made available for free distribution by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. You can support the Buddhist Society of Western Australia by pledging your support via their Patreon page.