Dealing with frustration


“Greed and hatred and delusion or confusion are not coming from outside. They all come from within, in our own minds. So, when we meditate we can see how greed arises in us, how hatred and confusion arise in us. And then immediately we try not to cultivate them, not to let them grow. On the one hand, we can prevent them from arising. Or we can see in our unmindful moments these mental states arise and then immediately we try to nip them in the bud.

“For instance, when greed takes over there is a space in our mind to cultivate generosity — letting go of greed. When hatred fades away there is room in our mind to generate loving kindness — metta. When delusion fades away there is room in our mind to develop wisdom. So, we will be able to remove these things a tiny little bit at a time Not the whole lot. But slowly and gradually they become weak and eventually they will fade away. And this is how we learn to neutralize frustration and eventually get rid of frustration.

“Friends, there are thousands of occasions and moments every single day to become frustrated. Therefore, it appears to be very difficult. But through constant, persistent, diligent practice, it becomes easy. So, it is possible to neutralize our frustration.”

~Bhante Gunaratana

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