Earlier this week I helped out in a call bank for the election. It's not much. But every little bit of effort counts. Or so I told myself.
As I was doing my regular morning meditation / gentle off-the-foot yoga practice today I felt I needed to meditate on the Buddhas Lovingkindness Meditation. As I recited it, I realized this is what the country needs to be meditating on today.
May I be safe
May I be healthy
May I be free
May I live with ease
A Lovingkindness Meditation, also called Metta meditation, is simply a practice of directing well wishes toward other people.
Doesn't that sound like a nice break from the nasty political talk these past few months? And a far better use of our time than fighting amongst our neighbors?
To practice Lovingkindness Meditation, find a comfortable seated position. Don't worry about looking like those pictures of people meditating on mountain tops. You can keep your eyes open and recite this to yourself anywhere.
Intention is what counts.
First, repeat the blessing three times for yourself to yourself. See yourself as healthy and well.
Then, repeat the blessing three times for someone who has helped you or brought joy to your life.
Third, repeat the blessing three times for someone you know that is struggling or in need of healing. See that person as healthy and well.
Finally, repeat the blessing three times visualizing your community, your country and your world.
As I repeated the blessing the final time, I saw all the people standing in line waiting to vote. Here in my area people are standing outside in the rain waiting to cast their vote. I didn't say the blessing to encourage them to vote my way or even visualize them voting in a specific way. I just said the blessing to surround everyone today in a sense of peace and wellness.
Again, it's a small effort. But every little bit of effort counts.