And then, is there also an equivalent for good experiences? Pain is to suffering as pleasure is to…? Is there a mental motion of turning towards, or welcoming an experience, which is ultimately responsible for seeing pleasurable experiences as good? And if the flinching away is in some way intrinsically bad, is this opposite motion intrinsically good?
I wonder about this too. If there is pleasure and the mental experience of welcoming a pleasure, then what happens if you stop ‘welcoming a pleasure’?
Wouldn’t you no longer be motivated to pursue pleasure? How would you ever feel happy? Would pleasure feel ‘bland’ or unsatisfying? I also wonder if it’s possible to mistakenly decouple pleasure and ‘welcoming a pleasure’ without ever meditating?