Most people who come to meditation are looking for respite from what is sometimes called the “monkey mind” — the perpetual, hyperactive (and often self-destructive) whirl of thoughts and feelings everyone undergoes. But the truth is that meditation does not eradicate mental and emotional turmoil. Rather, it cultivates the space and gentleness that allow us intimacy with our experiences and thoughts. That different relationship is where freedom lies. — Sharon Salzberg (from Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection #BK576)
The Dalai Lama's Big Book of Happiness also discusses the Buddhist way of living in Freedom. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with his characteristic wisdom, humor, and kindness, directs readers toward a happy, peaceful life. Talking about universal themes such as compassion, peace, nonviolence, secularism, and the pursuit of a healthy mind and body, he reminds us that the responsibility to transform our thoughts, actions, and lives lies within our own power.
Metta is the practice of universal lovingkindness and unconditional love. When we recite the Metta prayer, we are extending compassion to ourselves and to the world. By returning the fish to the water, our benevolent Garden Monk performs an act of lovingkindness.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature.
May all beings be free.
What would it be like to love ourselves for who we are and to extend that love to those around us? And what if we were to extend unconditional love to all beings? To answer these questions and more, join Sharon Salzberg, America’s foremost Lovingkindess teacher, in her exciting Real Love Online Course brought to you by our friends at Tricycle.