Tag: metta

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.
Mindful Monday: Listening for What Can’t Be Heard

Mindful Monday: Listening for What Can’t Be Heard

contemplation, listen, mindfulness, peace, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Stillness
In last week's Mindful Monday post, I mentioned that for several weeks, I have been taking a course in cultivating compassion through lovingkindness (or metta) meditation practice, in which you "send" compassionate intentions and blessings toward yourself and others. There are many teachings about this meditation, which are not in the scope of today's blog post, but for an example, see this article by Sharon Salzberg, a noted insight meditation teacher who specializes in teaching classic metta meditation. During this course, I have been having trouble feeling authentic compassion and warmth for myself and others. I sense that I'm merely saying the words by rote-- "May I be happy. May I be free from suffering. May I know peace and joy" -- and not doing the practice with compassion and sensi...
Mindful Monday: May you be happy

Mindful Monday: May you be happy

Buddhism, contemplation, Love, mindfulness, peace, spiritual practice, Spirituality
I'm taking a weekly class on meditation and cultivating compassion. One of the practices is to repeat time-honored phrases of lovingkindness (aka metta or maitri in Buddhist traditions) to oneself, such as "May I be happy. May I be free from suffering. May I know peace and joy" in meditation and throughout the day. The words can be changed, depending on your needs, but I've stuck with these basic, easy-to-remember phrases for now. We also "send" these phrases to others, known and unknown, in our lives in order to remind ourselves of our common humanity. Although I don't necessarily feel the emotions of happiness, ease, peace, and joy when silently saying these phrases, with practice I'm now more likely to catch myself in the midst of a negative story in my mind and switch to saying these ...