Restlessness and Worry

I have been writing about the hindrances that arise in meditation, as well as whenever we are trying to practice mindfulness. I have described the first three—desire, aversion, and sloth and torpor—and what may be done to work with them. In this blog, I will say something about the fourth hindrance, restlessness and worry. If sloth and torpor are about too little energy, restlessness and worry are the opposite problem. There is too much energy for the available level of concentration. This can happen in gross or subtle ways. In the former, it is very clear that we are restless and worried. We have that feeling of wanting to jump out of our skin. This is clearly unpleasant. In more su

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