Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meditation Techniques

In our group we read about meditation techniques.

I know of no technique more effective than cultivating loving-kindness.

Cultivating loving-kindness is simple. All that's required is to persistently wish all life everywhere be safe and well and calm. Again and again and again.

Eventually all this wishing begins to have its effect and the world begins to become happier and more beautiful.

6 comments:

Paul C said...

Sounds simplistic but there is its power. I am reminded of the quote, "Speak to the king (queen) and the royalty will come forth....

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Paul. Yes it sounds really easy. That's what so hard about it.

In my case it took DECADES of meditation practice before I could actually deliberately and persistently cultivate a thought/feeling like loving kindness. (I was a slow learner.)

I had to strengthen my ability to concentrate for more than a few nanoseconds at a time. And prior to that, I had to realize my mind was almost completely out of control. It's been a long road, but one well worth traveling. Cultivating loving kindness has paid immeasurable dividends in terms of inclining my mind and heart towards happiness.

The Pollinatrix said...

Yes. A friend of mine told me about her practice of sending love to the stars when she's lying in bed at night. So delightful.

My big discovery of late has to do with the depth of being in my body when I practice meditation. It's far easier for me to cultivate lovingkindness in my body than in my mind.

Dan Gurney said...

Polli--that's such a good point! Love feels in the body, especially in the heart area. Lovingkindness feels like a warm-glowing-harmonious-humming-sound-sweetness, though it's not an ordinary five senses deal. It more or less empties the mind of thought.

Thanks for adding to the conversation!

Ruth said...

I'm learning to think with my heart and feel with my mind, as my friend Lorenzo suggested. I feel it working.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Ruth. Lorenzo is a very wise man. Our hearts, I'm told, have more neurons than muscle cells. We can think with our hearts...all those neurons are there for a reason.