Joseph Goldstein – Insight Hour – Ep. 175 – Instructions on Working with Thoughts

Joseph delves into the nature of thought, offering valuable insights on cultivating mindfulness and working with thoughts.

This dharma talk from May 13, 2023, was recorded at the Insight Meditation Society and originally published on Dharma Seed.

“When we’re unaware of thoughts, unmindful, they have so much power in our lives, they;re really directing our lives. And yet when we are mindful of them, as I say, it is a little more than nothing.” – Joseph Goldstein

In this talk, Joseph:

  • Encourages us to notice when we become aware of our own thinking
  • Highlights the importance of recognizing the themes of our thoughts
  • Emphasizes that the past and the future are conceptual models
  • Examines the very nature of thought itself
Listen to more from Joseph:
In the search for liberation, we must explore the nature of our existence. Joseph investigates the wisdom of impermanence in Insight Hour Ep. 2.
There are deeper levels of truth about reality. Joseph explores different ways of freeing the mind by understanding the habits of preference and the emptiness of thoughts in Insight Hour Ep. 41.
It’s possible to smile at the antics of one’s own mind. Joseph offers responses to questions about selflessness, shame, cravings, and more in Insight Hour Ep. 111.
Metta practice can penetrate deeply. Joseph explores how love, kindness, gratitude, and friendship can revolutionize our lives in Insight Hour Ep. 117.