Yoga training: Metta meditation
In yoga, we learned about channeling energy throughout the body to achieve certain responses. The poses you practice and the way it directs breath and energy through the body ignite that response. Certain chants and meditative practices after practice enhance that feeling.
Sometimes, it's heat and energy. Sometimes, it's restorative and calm.
Amanda taught us something called the Metta meditation, which focuses on finding unconditional love for self and others. I think it's beautiful.
Unconditional love is at the root of all major religions, so it's got to be the answer to move humanity forward. All those religions can't be wrong!
Here's how it works:
Take a few deep breaths to get centered. You picture five beings in your mind: yourself, someone you like, someone you are neutral about, someone you dislike, and all sentient beings.
Picturing one entity at a time, you repeat this phrase in your mind: May I be happy. May I be safe. May I be peaceful. May I be enlightened to my true nature. May I be free.
Obviously, alter the pronoun appropriately as you move through each person on the list.
It doesn't take long, and I've been doing it at least once a day. I've found myself calmer at the end of the process. Maybe it's because sitting quietly, breathing deeply, for five minutes calms me down.
Still, I like to think it's more than that. I like to think I'm having some kind of positive effect on a little corner of the world with my happy thoughts.
And anyway, didn't Gandhi advise you be the change you want to see in the world? So maybe it starts with me.
If you do this, how does it affect you?
Peace. Love. Have a great day.