Venue and time: Sunday April 3, 2016, 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm, Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada.
Schedule: Meditation 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm with a loving kindness component. Break for chat and tea 7:30 – 7:45 pm roughly; 7:45 – 9:00 pm; Discussion on the topic Mindfulness and Loving Kindness. This will also include a Loving Kindness meditation. Participants are welcome to either or both of these events.
Wishing our loved ones well is natural and easy for most of us. Mindfulness takes this further, extending this to those we may not know well, to those we dislike and all beings including ourselves. Such loving kindness may seem in conflict with a key goal of mindfulness, that of direct insight into and awareness of reality.
And who has not felt a twinge of satisfaction when an enemy experiences difficulty? Acceptance of reality, in all its aspects both easy and difficult, is a key aspect of Buddhism and Mindfulness. The practice of loving kindness meditation, and bringing it to all, can dramatically and subtly lessen our own internal conflicts and obstacles, dissolving anger that causes so much suffering.
Suggested exercises to prepare for the evening.
You might want to listen to Imee Ooi’s beautiful loving kindness song (the translation is shown in the video):
Mark William’s loving kindness meditation:
Mindah-Lee Kumar’s loving kindness meditation:
As the above illustrate, the range and variety of loving kindness meditations, is wide and wonderful. I suggest you also start creating your own loving kindness meditation, perhaps using aspects of the above meditations, that appeal to you. Part of our Sunday discussion will be to give some practical help in designing your own meditation.