Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.
The uncomfortable quality of doubt that hinders our practice and manifests in a variety of ways as it keeps us hovering and circling around the moment, rather than meeting it with awareness and wisdom.
This talk discusses the range of low energy that might arise for us: exhaustion, tiredness and sloth and topor.. We also look at how these may arise and how to support ourselves in our practice when they do.
This talk explores the second foundation of mindfulness - Feeling tone... the pleasant, unpleasant or neutral feeling arising in every moment of experience. An important arena of mindfulness because this is where we can free ourselves from the habitual tendency to grasp/push away our likes and dislikes revealing the beauty of the mind that is free... This kind of mind is the ultimate brand of pleasant.
Many different words are used to support the development of wise effort.. Getting in touch with the nuances of this quality help us to not over effort or under effort - this comes with the willingness to explore what is most helpful for us in any moment.
When we listen to the teachings of the Buddha it inspires us to put the practice into practice. The Buddha tells us that listening to the True dharma is the nutriment for faith to arise.
This talk can also be seen as a tribute to Mahasi Sayadaw.