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Satipatthana Sutta, First Foundation: Loving the Whole Body

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2010-06-08
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



We start with an aversive or attractive response to the body or body part, and quickly an emotional attitude arises that fixates upon the appearance; a story is formed, an opinion is held, and our body is made into something it never was. To love the whole of the body requires an intentional reversal of stepping out of those perceptual fixations and embracing the pleasant and unpleasant components in totality.


How does focusing on appearances keep you from participating in what is commonly shared? Do you use appearances to protect yourself from something deeper and more intimate? Notice how reliant you are on creating appearances in the world and maintaining separation and isolation based upon shape, size, color, and expression. Judgments arise from these perceptions as people are objectified and frozen within your opinions and prejudices. The spiritual quest is to discover that which unites all things beyond appearances, but before that quest can be undertaken you must see the value you get from maintaining the world of appearances.


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