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Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Unpleasantness Leading to Divisiveness

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2010-10-26
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Once a moment is avoided, a world view of division and separation springs forth, accompanied by a compelling narrative that justifies the aversion. Now we are in full armor with the world as our adversary, tying us to a ceaseless argument with it.


Watch how unpleasantness can lead to divisiveness. When we turn away or cut ourselves off from an experience of unpleasantness, we are left alone in isolation. We saved ourselves from an unpleasant feeling (impatient, irritated, anxious, discouraged, sad) but lost connection. Cue yourself to do the opposite this week. Turn toward the unpleasant and connect fully. Do not allow yourself to turn away. Call yourself back patiently. Be particularly vigilant with unpleasant emotions. Notice how the mind concludes that disconnecting is the only choice and immediately justifies its response within your narrative. The emotion does not need to be justified, but it does need your connection.


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