Apr 21, 2021
Martin Goodson

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness Awareness: Feeling/Sensation

A Dharma Talk

Mindfulness of 'feeling' is key to habit formation. How do we undo unskilful habits and create more skilful behaviours in our lives? This podcast continues our series of talks on The Four Foundations of Mindful Awareness.

An adult male Yellow Canary in Great Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa.


By Alan Manson - Flickr: Yellow Canary (Serinus flaviventris), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17379213

And how, monks, does a monk dwell practising feeling-contemplation on feelings?

When experiencing a pleasant feeling, the monk knows: ‘I experience a pleasant feeling’; when experiencing a painful feeling, he knows: ‘I experience a painful feeling’; when experiencing a neutral feeling, he knows: ‘I experience a neutral feeling.”

 (Maha Satipatthana Sutta tr. Nyanaponika Mahathera)


In this podcast:

  • The difference between feeling/vedana and emotional feelings

  • The two expressions of vedana/feeling in subjective experience and in objective movement orientation.

  • The importance of vedana in instinct and as a life-guide also in the complexity of habit-formation.

  • Reversing the flow of energy from established habit - the phobia treatment.

  • Use of restraint - what helps and what hinders the formation of required habits.

Four Foundations of Mindful Awareness: Feeling/Sensation


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