rowyourboat wrote:The purpose of the labelling is to focus the mind on to the present moment and stop any discursive thinking. It is not an exercise in precise identification. That would lead to being interested in the content of what is being experienced, rather than noting a 'unit' (mind the reification) of experience. In this light, it makes sense to stick with hearing, seeing, thinking etc based on the 6 sense bases, or work with hardness, heat, movement etc to get at the 4 'great elements', especially at the skin.
effort wrote:recently i was reading jeff oliver's book, "see it know it watch it go"; i enjoyed the labels in the book, it is a free dhamma book, maybe you can found it in web.
In making the verbal label, there is no need for complex language. One simple word is best. For the eye, ear, and tongue doors we simply say, “Seeing, seeing... Hearing, hearing... Tasting, tasting.” For sensations in the body we may choose a slightly more descriptive term like warmth, pressure, hardness, or motion. Mental objects appear to present a bewildering diversity, but actually they fall into just a few clear categories such as thinking, imagining, remembering, planning, and visualizing. But remember that in using the labeling technique, your goal is not to gain verbal skills. Labeling technique helps us to perceive clearly the actual qualities of our experience, without getting immersed in the content. It develops mental power and focus. In meditation we seek a deep, clear, precise awareness of the mind and body. This direct awareness shows us the truth about our lives, the actual nature of mental and physical processes.
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