Vedena is the second foundation of mindfulness. It seems a pretty simple teaching: we like certain things and don’t like other things, and some things are neutral. But actually feeling tone is something very subtle. We often don’t even notice it happening. How can we be present for this foundation of mindfulness without getting lost in craving, aversion or delusion?
Learning to work skillfully with fear can change if from enemy to ally in our practice, since it is often a signal of moving from the familiar to new territory. As we learn to let go of the illusion of control we transform fear into genuine trust.