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Meditation and Kindness

January 7, 2013 , ,

There are many forms of mediation followed in the world.  I was lucky to study in Tucson with the Dalai Lama of Tibet who visited us in September, 1993 to teach patience. We had instruction for a year leading up to the visit to give us an introduction to the Tibetan view of meditation and cosmology.  When the teaching finally took place at the Sheraton Conquistador when it was new and lovely we were in for both a treat and some deep concepts new to us.  The Tibetan monks all sit down in front, as do many Tibetan civilians who prefer the floor for meditation. The room was full of all levels of  understanding and experience, as is always the case with His Holiness.  The teaching was wonderful, memorable, and inspiring.

He asked students to submit questions in writing for his consideration.  He answered some that he thought best for his teaching.  One woman asked how she cold begin a meditation practice, given all her stressful and distracting activities.  He responded jokingly at first, saying that he also was too busy with stressful activities like leading a nation in exile.  He continued quickly after the laugh to make sure he was not ridiculing the questioner, but seriously folks style, to praise her very valid question.  His answer was simplicity itself.  He told her that if she had time for nothing else, “Be nice.”  He explained that if one did not karmically doom oneself by creating nasty thoughts, less meditation would be required to feel good. Meditation in any form is a practice to observe the mind and focus in spite of distraction.  It destroys the delusions of the ego.  It purifies consciousness.  It turns irrational anger into patience.  Meditation is the source of equanimity and deep wisdom.

You do not need to sit still or chant mantras to begin a meditation practice. If you have access to a teacher you can be taught many techniques to deepen your practice.  If you want to start at the beginning and reap all the benefits, start by being nice.

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love this. thanks for sharing.. I am really glad you did. I meditate.. sometimes in front of the computer.

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

January 8, 2013

I agree that meditation is a good calming habit and ideally I would love to start the day with It. But between sending two kids to school & getting to work on time I find it crazy busy. I think my train time to work ( 45 minutes) where I listen to soothing music and close my eyes is prolly my meditation time. But even if I skip that I can always be nice 🙂 ! That’s a good thought Pam !

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suesnutritionbuzz

January 8, 2013

Sue, your situation sounds almost exactly like the lady who asked the question..so yeah, be nice. It still makes me think about the simplicity of it all..

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mermaidcamp

January 8, 2013

Love Dalai Lama! Your post so resonates with my thoughts and belief. I find myself often uttering the words, “be kind always”. Imagine a world where kindness prevails! 🙂

I needed to read these words today: “Meditation in any form is a practice to observe the mind and focus in spite of distraction.”

I keep thinking there is some precise method to meditation, but in reading your post, I have found that I am meditating on a regular basis! I am overjoyed!

I recently watched a video with the Dalai Lama and love to hear him laugh. I practice laughter daily; although, it actually comes quite naturally for me! It is so freeing, good for the heart and to the depths of our being!

Thank you and have a most amazing week!

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Thanks, Linda. I agree. One monk from Thailand told me “If you like something you looose your mind. If you don’t like something you loose your mind. You must keep your mind.” Another simplistic full time job..just don’t loose your mind! I like your thoughts on the matter.

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mermaidcamp

January 9, 2013

“Be nice”… I can do that… 🙂

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Rogier Noort (@RogierNoort)

January 9, 2013

Thanks, Rogier. I thought so too. Trickier than it seems..Best of luck. Sat nam!

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mermaidcamp

January 9, 2013

I am not Buddhist, but I admire and respect the Dalai Lama immensely. I would like to attend a Buddhist congregation and learn more about the religion.

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Jonda

January 13, 2013

His teaching is as available as he can make it..He knows everyone is not a monk. I would encourage you to read/ watch/study his message.

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mermaidcamp

January 13, 2013

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