"Seeing in this way, the well-trained disciple of the Noble Ones grows disenchanted with feelings (vedana). Disenchanted they become dispassionate." SN 22:59 The Buddha
Ground awareness within your body, bring an unpleasant thought or memory to mind and observe the feeling tone in your body change to develop insight into specific conditionality.
CAUTION: These investigations involve intentionally triggering unpleasant feeling tone, in this way meditation can become very real. Be cautious and only do this with guidance from a skilled teacher and/or with appropriate training in softening, samadhi and insight.
This investigation develops the ability to separate unpleasant feeling tone (vedana) from sensation and to observe its function as a sorting mechanism of the mind (to signal danger). This requires earlier training in sensitivity to body sensations, skill in softening and enough samadhi and insight as to not to get entangled with the experience.
Unpleasant feeling tone can be observed by bringing to mind an unhappy memory or thought. As you do this notice that a feeling of unpleasantness appears in your body as a reflection of the contact between attention and the thought or memory.
Separating out a feeling tone from what is being experienced is like separating the texture of a banana as you eat it, from its overall flavour/taste. Bodily sensations are the texture, feeling tone (vedana) is the flavour of that experience.
CAUTION: These investigations involve intentionally triggering unpleasant feeling tone.
Step 1: Prepare your attention for insight.
Step 2: Bring to mind an unpleasant memory.
Step 3: Encourage the memory to grow.
Step 4: Gently soften any effort to resist.
Step 5: Bring to mind an unpleasant thought.
Step 6: Encourage the thought to grow.
Step 7: Gently soften any effort to resist.
Step 8: Reground awareness into your body.
Summary: (as in previous investigation).
You are ready to progress to Insight 11: Specific Conditionality when:
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