A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)
“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.”Thomas Merton
It feels like a week for loving kindness. Towards ourselves, others, loved ones, even our nemesis. That’s metta meditation; an easy to access and effective way to open your heart and raise your vibration, and in turn that of others.
Meditation comes in many forms, and not all of it is passive. There are ALOT of ways to practice, just as there are alot of spiritual traditions, mystics and masters who teach us many means to one end. And that end is to have union, yoke (which is what yoga means) with the divine.
Metta is my fave. It means loving kindness, and it is a prayer we pray – first for ourselves, then on someone neutral to you, then on someone you love, then on someone who the thought of pains you.
The question arises as it does with prayer: what comes of our prayers? Not so sure. But it does seem to help the pray-er, shifting them from a hope-less place to a hope-full one. The idea is to open your heart and tap into the abundance of healing energy and peace that is vibrating in and around us all the time.
Metta is considered the antidote to selfishness, anger and fear.
For me, this is the best way to follow through on requests or offer to pray for someone. Alotta friends need praying for right now. They need to be happy- free from their mental anguish. They need to be healthy- faith in their bodies, and they need to feel whole- in union-with a great supportive and loving energy that is right there with them.
Try it, friends. For yourself, for your kids, for your frustrations. And trust.
A Metta Meditation:
First for you, then for a neutral person, then someone you love, ultimately out to someone you don’t care for/the greater good.
‘Healthy’ and ‘happy’ may seem strange and even slightly tone deaf to include as we pray for those in distress Here’s the thinking, simplified- “free of physical suffering” is often translated as healthy. And “free of mental suffering” is often translated as being happy. Cured of the external influence is not as much the intention as freedom from internalized pain and suffering.
I like to repeat it nine times for each person, often done while walking and conversationally to however-you-name-your-higher power: God, Spirit, the Universe, your Self, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna…or the whole varsity team!
May I be Happy,
May I be Healthy,
May I be Holy,
May I be Safe,
May I Be Peaceful and at Ease.
May They be Happy,
May They be Healthy,
May They be Holy,
May They be Safe,
May They Be Peaceful and at Ease.
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