The "feelings" (vedana) associated with formations -- whether pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral bodily (physical) and mental (psychic) sensations.
These feeling tones are focused on and become the subject of Satipatthana Mindfulness Meditation to discover that their essential nature is marked by three universal characteristics.
Buddhist meditation (serenity and insight) can help free us from being slaves to emotions. Incisive attention can reveal the source of our traumas while releasing us from the irresistible pull of pleasure and revulsion to everything unpleasant.
|Unhappiness will overtake me. I'm helpless.|
TED Talks: Decoding Our Emotions