Tuesday, May 11

Tag: lovingkindness

Mindful Monday: A prayer of lovingkindness for self and others

Mindful Monday: A prayer of lovingkindness for self and others

awareness, Buddhism, kindness, meditation, mindfulness
May I (you, all beings) be peaceful and light in body and in mind. May I be safe and free from accidents. May I be free from anger, unwholesome states of mind, fear, and worries. May I know how to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and compassion. May I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in myself. May I learn how to nourish myself with joy each day. May I be able to live fresh, solid, and free. May I not fall into the state of indifference or be caught in the extremes of attachment or aversion. Source: Thich Nhat Hanh Dharma Talks website, "Practices for the New Year," posted by Chan Niem Hy, 1 Jan 2010. Photo credit: "Peace," Alberto Garcia, 2011.
A Little Child Will Lead Us

A Little Child Will Lead Us

kindness, to speak
Be kind to yourself. Even when the world has nothing good to say to you or about you. Speak to yourself the way you would a small child. Be mindful of the emotions inside you when you do this. You know how to care for that child. Please do it for yourself, because sometimes no one else will.

Mindful Monday: Stay out of the Roadhouse!

Buddhism, mindfulness, Poetry, Spirituality
Currently, I'm taking a month-long email class with Cheri Huber, the Guide at Zen Monastery Peace Center. The class exercises aim to wake us from the trance of ego-identity's voice in our heads, or what Huber calls egocentric karmic conditioning/self-hate. As I was practicing one of the exercises last week, I was struck anew by the extent to which my inner wisdom extends compassion and mercy to other people who are struggling with emotional pain, but when I'm in similar pain myself, my ego-identity voice takes charge and administers verbal self-beatings rather than compassion. As a result of that voice's lifelong dictatorship, I suffer almost constantly. The "reign of terror" is in large measure responsible for the chronic depression and anxiety I have struggled with most of my adult life ...