30 minute meditation journal

01 April 2017 12:50 PM
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30 minutes of metta. I wished well for a number of people who I didn't know. Kind of good and helpful. Recurring thoughts of "I want to be good too", and then I wished well for myself too.

I have a good memory from practicing metta for strangers. About 6 years ago, I used to  call for taxis in a very crowded square. Lots of taxis didn't stop for me and just passed. One day I decided to practice metta for every taxi that didn't stop for me, and then for the taxi that stopped for me, and then for almost anyone I saw on the way. I felt very light after that. I continued doing this, lots of metta for strangers for a week, and in this 6 years I cannot remember anytime being happier than that week. I don't know why I stopped doing that, may be the intensity of the good feeling decreased, may be I got tired, may be I felt too much responsibility toward others, may be some other reason. But it remained in me that metta can create lots of wonderful joy.  

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One practice that was suggested to me some time back was to imagine bowing in respect to everyone I met. Not actually physically bowing but mentally feeling the bow, acknowledging their intrinsic Buddha nature. That weekend I was at a music festival, with 10000's of people so I didn't exactly pick a quiet gentle place to try it out but like with your earlier experience of metta I found it unexpectedly powerful. I started noticing positive and endearing features and behaviours in everyone. I spent the weekend grinning at everyone unintentionally and found them grinning back.

 It's not a practice I do all the time but it certainly had I big impact on how I relate to people 
Bluemoon
Kokai (Sarah)
5 months ago
Thanks, what a nice practice!
niroxki
niroxki
5 months ago
Yes, beautiful. :)
Bluemoon
Kokai (Sarah)
5 months ago