Then, Bāhiya, here is how you should train: In the taste, there will be just the taste; .....When there is, for you, in the taste just the taste; ........ then you are not by that. When you are not by that, then you are not there. When you are not there, then you are neither here nor beyond, nor in between the two. Just this is the end of suffering. (The Buddha Udāna 1.10)
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During this meditation, you develop your sensitivity to movements of attention towards the experience of the sense door of taste by eating food to observe and develop an inclination in your mind to disentangle awareness from habitual grasping of the tasted.
Learning to observe awareness of taste creates a grounding for mindfulness within daily life and also the ability to observe attraction or aversion as they arise towards what is tasted.
This sensitivity allows you to soften your relationship towards what is tasted, deconditioning any habitual pattern of attraction or aversion through mindful non-participation.
Conditions: Pick a piece of fruit to mindfully eat, either one that you tend to like or dislike, depending on what you want to observe.
Step 1: Sit in meditation, gently closing your eyes.
Step 2: Establish mindfulness of your body as you sit in meditation.
Step 3: Bring to mind a food that you find pleasant.
Step 4: Bring to mind a food that you find unpleasant.
Step 5: Open your eyes and mindfully eat some pre-chosen food. Chew each bit of food at least 20 times while mindfully observing. Swallow only after flavour has dissolved. Mindfully swallow and experience the food move down your throat, into your belly before taking the next bite.
Step 6: Disentangle your awareness from the sensory world by developing nirvikalpa samadhi (stillness) as in Meditation 43 for the rest of your meditation session, continuing to incline your mind towards letting go of sensory experiencing.
You are ready to progress to Insight 33: Mindfulness of Touching when:
You can clearly experience:
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