Day 8: Compassion

Day 8: Compassion

Every day we are faced with the heaviness of our own suffering and the suffering of others. The amount of suffering all around us can quickly become overwhelming. Compassion helps ease this suffering. Most of us value compassion, patience, and love, but it isn’t always our instinct to turn to these values. 

Through metta bhavana or loving kindness meditation we work towards making compassion our default response to suffering. This compassion and loving kindness is for all beings; ourselves, our loved ones, strangers, and all sentient beings in the world. In loving kindness meditation we repeat simple phrases that are like gifts or blessings intentionally given to ourselves and others. 

In this guided meditation we will repeat four simple phrases.

May I (you) be happy.

May I (you) be safe.

May I (you) be healthy.

May I (you) live with ease.

Day 3: Equanimity

Day 3: Equanimity

Developing emotional and mental equanimity is an important way to be able to face the many ups and downs of life. Our minds are constantly categorizing emotions and experiences into positive, negative, or neutral. We are conditioned to try to fight against bad feelings and experiences and to seek out only the good. No matter how hard we try, everyone experiences waves of highs and lows. Being bombarded by bad news all day, every day can leave us rocked to our emotional core.

Cultivating equanimity is a way for us to not ignore or be indifferent to the negative parts of life, but to manage our reactions so that we can approach the fluctuations with a calm and open mind.