Ben wrote:Certainly go with being aware and equanimous with quality of the state of mind without any attempt to change it.
Ben is on the right track here with regard to proper attention to these "mood states"/mind states. Satipatthana
is the treatment and the cure.
And, yes, I'm sure there are several of us here who are familiar with what you are talking about in re: mood states. They can arise due to an association — either through verbal stimulation or from having viewed some similar occurrence that stimulates "feeling" (meaning vedana
, or a remembered mind state sensation) and associated memories with that "feeling." It's like when you hear a song that you used to listen to five, ten, or fifteen years ago and it invokes a sense of the past, bringing with it recollections and the general mental mood or mind-state that you experienced back then. We call it "nostalgia." Although what you are speaking about is more associated with the recollection of the mind state experienced in the past and how that mind state is recreated in the present.
If you understand what I'm saying here, then you will understand that these mind states are to be viewed in the same way that all phenomena are to be viewed: with equanimity in light of their three characteristics: anicca
, and anatta
. When that realization breaks through to conscious attention and comprehension, whatever fascination the mind may have with such mind states will break up and pass away.
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV