I am sending an additional reading you might want to look at:
The Five Hindrances (Nivarana) by Ajahn Brahmavamso
Below I have included some reflections for Week Four. We will be having
small groups next week, April 2nd.
1. Clearly recognize/admit when the mind is filled with wanting or
aversion. No need to be ashamed, it is skillful to clearly acknowledge how
it is. For example, notice that the mind is burning with desire or sick
with anger. What is the effect of clearly calmly noting the predominate
2. By tracking our experience, notice that sense desiring arises and passes
without gratification. This is important to see because it seems based on
our ignorant view, that the pain of craving won't go away until we get the
object of our desire. Seeing the passing away of craving without
gratification undermines this mistaken view.
3. Remember that every mind state is a conditioned thing, if fed it will
become stronger and arise more frequently in the future, if starved it will
fall away and be less likely to re-arise. How have you noticed the mind
feeding or starving the hindrance of craving? How have you noticed the mind
feeding or starving the hindrance of aversion?
4. How might you skillfully guard the sense doors to protect the mind from
states of craving and aversion?
5. Can you notice the quality of joy in states of renunciation,
contentment, and states of lovingkindness and compassion?