A Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) climbing its own mountainin Nagano Prefectures famous 'Hell Valley'.

A Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkey) climbing its own mountain in Nagano Prefecture’s famous ‘Hell Valley’. Jugokudani Paxton images photo and copyright.

Yesterday I watched an excellent TED Talk that has a direct bearing on our human working relationships and the attainment of our various goals. “Master Shi Heng Yi – 5 hindrances to self-mastery”. The talk is delivered candidly by a Shaolin Monk.

What he says has a direct bearing upon all forms of human endeavour, but volunteer work springs first to my mind, and it’s well worth listening to his whole speech. The key lessons are taught through a parable about a monk who contemplates climbing a high mountain and then asks others for their insights before setting off. It is fascinating that the hindrances:

  1. Sensual desire
  2. Ill will
  3. Sloth
  4. Restlessness
  5. Sceptical doubt

are the very same ones that can distract us from attaining our own goals in life. Furthermore the remedies that he suggests, are as applicable in our lives as they are to his own. They tie in with my understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy too. I’m not going to fall into the trap of telling you the answers that I learned here.

For your own benefit, please watch the video and climb your own mountain of experiential learning! Greater clarity awaits.

Here’s the video!