Mindfulness Of Feelings As Feelings

by Peter Carlson on March 7, 2014

During this dialogue, Peter began to discuss the second Foundation of Mindfulness, vedanupassana (mindfulness of feelings).  He talked of how feelings are not emotions as we might describe them in the West, but rather what in psychological terms is affect, the pull towards pleasant experience or away from unpleasant experience.  Feelings are the bridge between physical sensations and the mental creations of meaning and self-organization we experience.  He read a translation of the second foundation, and then led a brief guided meditation that illustrates concretely what to notice as a feeling, a perception and the mental formations that create what the Buddha called “the tyranny of I, me and mine”.  This was followed by dialogues that further clarified the experiences of the guided meditation.

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