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Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Dividing the Mind Through Aversion

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2011-02-22
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Aversion and desire work together to entrap the mind within its own projections and divide the whole into parts. The opposite of what I desire is feared and visa versa. Because the mind is a single whole, when we pit what we like against what we do not, repetitive aversive and desiring images noisily dance through the mind in opposition to the contentment of the abiding wholeness.


This week notice the aversive mind. See if you can notice the unpleasantness before you mentally flee or physically avoid the experience. Why are you running away and where are you running? Thinking is the only escape you have! What would happen if you remained whole and included everything – even this? Aversion is sustained by giving something exaggerated significance. What are you telling yourself about this experience that is untrue? Drop the charged thinking and just look at the undesirable experience directly. Notice that the unifying dimension of awareness is lost when you flee.


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