Ines Freedman first became interested in meditation through her yoga practice in 1970. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1985, with Gil Fronsdal being her primary teacher since 1995. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Program and a past Managing Director of Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City. She is a retired chiropractor.
This talk by Ines Freedman was given as part of the series “Eight Great Thoughts” (Anguttara Nikaya 8:30). Energetic effort deals with the effort needed to let go of unskillful and unwholesome mental activities, and to cultivate skillful and wholesome mental activities. It is really about the quality of our mind. We can look at our daily lives, and determine whether we are doing things that are supporting wholesome mental states, such as peace, freedom, kindness and compassion, or doing things that are supporting unwholesome mental states, such as jealous and angry thoughts.