Last weekend, I attended Joy of Living Level II Meditation Training, based on the teachings of Mingyur Rinpoche. Rooted in Buddhist teachings of Tibet, this session focused on how to open our hearts to others, while recognizing our own challenges as well. When we understand that loving kindness and compassion are with us always, we can then connect with and nurture them by meditating on the four immeasurables: love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Key principles are Basic Goodness, the Desire to be Happy and Free from Suffering, and the Four Immeasurables.
We explored recognizing that the fundamental nature of awareness is good and pure through meditation practice. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but once we recognize our basic inherent goodness, we can see it as the desire to be happy and free from suffering, shared by all beings. And we can see that love and compassion are innate qualities that we possess and can find in the present moment.
The Four Immeasurables
Here, we discover love, compassion, joy and equanimity and nurture them, in a progressive manner, one step at a time. First we meditated on finding love and compassion within ourselves, then for loved ones, next for neutral people, then for those we find challenging or difficult, and finally we meditated on the four immeasurables for all beings universally.
I found parts of the practice challenging and yet so rewarding. And I left feeling full and complete, knowing there is so much to learn. This meditation weekend was a gift of joy.
My Gift For You
*Free Meditation Info Session on Friday, March 31, 12:15-1:30 pm!
If you want to learn more about how meditation can help you feel more love, compassion, and joy in your life, then join me Friday, March 31. we’ll try a few different types of meditation so you can experience what it’s like. Ideal for newcomers, but all who are interested in meditation are welcome…
To register, send me an email with FREE MEDITATION in the subject line and I’ll send you the logistics. I look forward to hearing from you!
To Your Joy of Life!