Right now is our starting place from which to go forward with compassion.
Adopting a positive outlook and in-look means accepting the moment as it is and knowing that the next moment can be better because of a positive attitude.
This is lesson 38 in the series "Conquering Codependency - Loving Without Leaning" looking at aspects of codependency from a spiritual point of view.
Developing compassion meditation
Choose a quiet place for your meditation. Sit on a cushion on the floor, back straight, hands folded in lap or face up or face down on your thighs. Or, sit up straight in a chair, hands folded in lap. Close your eyes and begin rounds of regular breathing such as: breathe in 2 counts; breathe out 2 counts; breathe in 2 counts and continue this rhythm without actually saying the counts while you contemplate on the following thoughts.
By acting for the common good we develop caring love. We benefit ourselves by acting with compassion, because our mind stays peaceful; our body energized.
To develop caring love, adopt a positive attitude with the task at hand. A positive mental attitude energizes our body for action.
Follow the 'golden rule'. Act in the best interest of the situation in the same way you would ideally want to be treated in a similar circumstance.
“May I remember that
Taking time to develop caring love
Rewards me with feelings of joy while acting.
And, may I remember that
Compassion for myself while becoming more loving
Develops my capacity to experience consciousness
Ever more fully.”
Finish your contemplative meditation by taking a deep breath in and slowly releasing it. Open your eyes. Write in your meditation journal any new insights that have come to you. Plan on reviewing your journal pages occasionally to see how you are progressing.
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