Mental restlessness is an insidious and pervasive hindrance that most practitioners struggle to overcome. We can refine our skills for working with the modes of thinking that distract us from being mindful and disrupt concentration: critical thoughts, planning, worrying, lustful thoughts, judging, memories, internal commentaries, to name a few. This course will explore a sequence of strategies for dealing with obstructive mental patterns derived from two discourses taught by the Buddha (MN 19 and 20). The program will include sutta study, discussion, and meditation practice to gain experiential insight and meditative strategies for overcoming distractions. This course is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners.