one of the most powerful things we can do is share love through meditation with someone who is suffering, and take their pain away. the practice is called called tong len, or the practice of giving and taking. it is the most beautiful, powerful and useful meditation i know. it was taught to me by my teacher, lama christie mcnally.
in this link she will guide you through it.
you cannot live sheltered forever without ever being exposed, and at the same time be a spiritual adventurer. be audacious. be crazy in your own way, with that madness in the eyes of man that is wisdom in the eyes of god. take risks, search and search again, search everywhere, in every way, do not let a single opportunity or chance that life offers pass you by, and do not be petty and mean, trying to drive a hard bargain.
may you, and all those you love, be so fortunate…
to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.
and, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.
How can meditation help us to learn resilience in times of crisis?
Sunday 08 May 2011
Meditation, or more accurately mind training, helps to cultivate the inner resources that give us confidence to deal with the ups and downs of life. These inner resources include inner freedom that makes us less vulnerable to ever-changing outer conditions. Here, inner freedom means being free from the influence of automatic mental processes that lead to animosity, obsession, envy, and other mental toxins that undermine our well being.
Selfishness leads to a miserable life for oneself and for others. If we become less vulnerable and more resilient, we will not feel threatened by the outside world and we will be more readily open to others.
Thus, these inner resources that help build resilience include altruism and kindness. We all have the potential to cultivate these inner resources, but it will not happen just because we want it to. To develop any skill, we need to train. Likewise, we need to train our mind to develop resilience. This is the essence of meditation.
Yoga in the morning…10-11:30AM. Mother’s Day and more…see you on the mat!