Shaila Catherine: desire, aversion, doubt

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“It is imperative for the sincere meditator to unwaveringly witness the functions of desire, aversion, restlessness, and doubt, witness these forces arising—but without acting them out, without buying into them.
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See them arise as empty thoughts, and see them pass just as quickly.
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If they are not seen clearly, these mental states can obstruct progress in concentration.
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Doubt can assail the mind with indecision, worry, or chronic judgment. Unabated, the momentum of uncertainty can paralyze spiritual progress.
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Yet doubt is nothing more than a thought.
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Through examining the experience of doubt, you will come to understand doubt, rather than be consumed by it.
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Doubt is a category of thought that you can definitively set aside.
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The very instant you realize you are thinking you have an opportunity to affect the patterns of mind.
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Thoughts of self can clutter attention with a plethora of diversified tales—preventing composure, stillness, and unification.
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Concentration abandons this diffusing activity.
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When you clearly perceive a thought, natural disinterest replaces identification with the stories.
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As the mind calms, mental seclusion is established.”
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