As my meditation practice (December’s “someday”) continues, I’ve been researching different types of meditation to come up with what works best for me. Last week I discovered several guided meditations available through a service I’m subscribed to. I’ve been using them intermittently with my mindfulness practice. I like the idea of sometimes being guided instead of having to rein in my thoughts myself.
This morning, I clicked on a “loving-kindness” meditation and – wow! In this meditation style you basically select a few phrases or wishes which you first direct at yourself and then at others: someone you love, someone who is neutral, someone with whom there is discord, and, finally, the entire world. The list of phrases from this morning’s guided meditation was extensive, but the list can be whatever you choose: may I be healthy, may I be strong, may I feel peace, may I feel joyful, may I be free of mental suffering, etc.
This type of meditation appeals to me as a way to bring positive energy into myself and then send it out to others. It feels like a form of prayer directed to the universe instead of a deity. This might be a little too woo-woo for some, but I thoroughly enjoyed my meditation session this morning and I’m filled with excitement to pursue the idea of loving-kindness throughout my day. Maybe if you’re standing in line in front of me at the grocery store today you’ll feel a little shot of peace and joy run through your heart and wonder where that came from.
Buddha said, “Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds – shine!” I find it interesting that I found so much joy (perhaps found my inner self) in this meditation practice that is actually reaching out to others. So, if you feel that little shot today, it might just be me shining.