May all beings be safe from inner & outer dangers.
May all beings be well in body & mind.
May all beings be happy & at peace."
The above meditation was the focus tonight’s yoga class & really resonated with me. This phrase is the final variation of Jack Kornfield’s “Meditation on Lovingkindness”. You begin by dedicating it to yourself, then a loved one, then to all beings. Sometimes the universe brings you exactly what you need, at the exact moment you need it. I hope this touches some of you as well. We are all fighting our own battles. xo (via vegenista)
So true and perfect!
The other day I watched the documentary, Happy, and learned that compassion meditation can actually change your brain and combat depression and anxiety. I’ve had to take anti-depressants for many, many years to combat recurring depression, but hate the idea of having to take prescription drugs for this for the entire rest of my life. If I do, I do and so be it. However, if there’s a natural, drug-free way to treat it that will reduce stress and increase happiness at the same time, I want to give it a try!
So I went Googling for a while this morning, but didn’t really turn up satisfying results and tabled the research for later. Then over lunch I (s)tumbled across this timely post!
During my research, I learned that loving-kindness meditation is closely related to compassion meditation and can also have a very real and lasting positive affect on brain function and conditions like depression. It also seems like a better starting point for me.
There are several other meditations here, too: compassion, forgiveness, walking, and sitting. Perhaps one is exactly what you need at exactly this moment.