Mental Health, Motivational, Philosophy

Meditation

Sometimes the Universe sends you just what you need to hear in an unexpected moment. I hope these words will be as meaningful for you, today, as they were for me.

May I be peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit.

May I be safe and free from injury.
May I be free from anger, afflictions, fear and anxiety.

May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.
May I be able to recognise and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in myself.

May I learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving and delusion in myself.
May I know how to nourish the seeds of joy in myself every day.

May I be free from attachment and aversion, but not indifferent.


Source: Thich Nhat Hanh Metta Meditation

44 thoughts on “Meditation”

  1. I was taught TM, when I had gone home to Perth after my beloved father died. The TM teacher was a really lovely man, and I learned from him.
    In those days there was no Internet, but I learned anyway. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Stuart. In recent years, faced with a sticky challenge for which I can see no immediate solution, I’ve noticed setting aside the problem for the universe to sort out, works. The universe often answers in unusual or unexpected ways. I trust it more and more.

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    1. Keeping our senses open is important, Miriam. If we fail to be receptive to these signals, we miss opportunities. I particularly liked the way this verse focused on introspection, self-love and self-development.
      I just heard you guys are locked down for another 7 days. I hope it won’t be too disruptive for you. 💚

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    1. Excellent that you agree, Donna. It is quite amazing that something as intangible as the universe seems to have a connection for us and our interactions in life. It makes one realize how much of how we operate, is not fully understood by man. It is quite spiritual, isn’t it? Even for a non-believer!

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    1. Oh that is so lovely to hear Laurie. These sorts of words do I feel, have the power to sink into our conscience and improve our lives. Where did you come across the mantra/meditation you use?

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      1. I came across it in a book about meditation. Sorry to say I can’t remember the title, but here is the meditation: May I be filled with Loving-kindness, May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be happy.

        I use it for myself. I also often recite it using the names of friends and family. And, sometimes, when I want to work on generosity, I use the names of people who are, ahem, not on my favorites list.

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        1. Excellent point about directing mantras to those who are not our favourite people, Laurie. There has been several meditation classes wherein it has been suggested that we direct loving kindness (a phrase a former yoga teacher used to often use), towards ourselves and then towards others who we care and love, and finally towards others with whom we have a difficult relationship. It is surprising and quite amazing how the difficult relationship subtlely changes after I meditate in this way. I wonder if you find that with your generosity mantra?

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    1. I don’t think it is ever too late, Maria. I am so glad you discovered it. It is so very therapeutic and the best thing is it doesn’t require expensive gym memberships or pills from a bottle! Do you practise Hatha Yoga?

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  2. Meditation On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Something to Ponder About wrote:

    > Forestwood posted: ” Sometimes the Universe sends you just what you need > to hear in an unexpected moment. I hope these words will be as meaningful > for you, today, as they were for me. May I be peaceful, happy and light in > body and spirit. May I be safe and free from inj” >

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  3. I liked this reminder to trust in the Universe and found this poem very soothing. I do believe the Universe tries to speak to us in different ways – and agreed it timing and the signs it presents can be unexpected. Over the last year I’ve learned to slow down and learn to detach myself from problems I can’t solve right there and then and feelings of frustration in general. It’s funny how eventually the problem will not matter as much, either through the universe giving us a different perception on things or a sign telling us there are other things that are more important.

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    1. It is true that we have to give lifes’ challenges time to work themselves out and for us to detach from fixating on things out of our control. We can do this actively, (engaging with an attempted solution) or passively: allowing the Universe to sort it out in the fullness of time.
      It is good to hear you feel you are improving on letting unimportant things go, Mabel. They can consume our minds and take away enjoyment from our lives. They make us worry; they make us anxious. But if they are out of our control, there is nothing we can do but put faith in the universe.

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      1. That is a good point, we can either be active or passive when dealing with life’s challenges. Neither way is wrong. But sometimes you really can’t do much but let go and just let things be for the time being. Rather than wait and worry, you have a choice to focus on something else and move forward.

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        1. A choice to re-direct your focus outward can be an effective antidote to anxious or worrying feelings that persist and recur. Sometimes the feeling are buried so deep in one’s psyche, it is hard to feel that we have a choice. That is where meditation, mindfulness and building new neural pathways comes into importance.
          In latter years, I prefer active responses rather than passive to life’s challenges. What is it that I CAN do, rather than CAN’T do about a situation.

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