Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, beamed in by satellite to the Larry King Show on CNN in the aftermath of Katrina's devastation, was asked what we could meditate upon to help survivors of catastrophes.
His answer, spoken in his quiet and sure manner, was to settle our restless mind with meditation on compassion, and afterwards, put it into action.
I liked the sound of that sage advice of thoughts of compassion, then action.
Meditation on compassion
In your meditation place, light a candle symbolizing universal peace and compassion.
Then, sit with a straight back, eyes closed, hands folded in lap or with palms up or palms down on thighs.
Say a few mantras of compassion:
"My thoughts of concern are with everyone."
"I care about my world brothers and sisters."
"I let my compassion turn into action."
Take time for a few rounds of even, regular breathing such as 2 counts to breathe in; 2 counts to breathe out; 2 counts to breathe in and continue this pattern without actually counting.
In the calm and stillness let peace and harmony arise from within and fill you with the attitude of caring for others. Take a few moments to reflect that all lives are intertwined on earth. We do not tread the path alone.
That when members stumble and fall, we need to help out as if they were part of our close family. For truly, we are members of one human family on this planet we call home - one large world home barreling along through time and space.
Now, take a deep breath with the resolve to see the world at hand, with hands of compassion moving in action.
I invite you to join me in a daily world peace group cyber meditation. Click the article here to read about it.
Meditation Lessons for Teens and Adults
More than 70 offerings, from guided meditation techniques to on-the-go stress relief and relationship meditations interspersed with verse, and a section of special occasion prayers. 114 pages. PDF Ebook | EPUB | Paperback | Mac Users | B&N NOOK eBook
Meditation for All Kids
Sitting, walking, dance and group circle meditations, along with positive affirmations, verses and benefits of meditation for kids of all ages and abilities in a 100 page book with illustrations. PDF Ebook | EPUB | Paperback | Mac Users | B&N NOOK eBook
Sign up below or in the right-hand column for our meditation site newsletter. It only requires your email address and is never given out or sold to anyone. If at any time you wish to stop receiving it, each newsletter contains a link to unsubscribe. Each person must sign up themselves. We can't sign up for you. It is an easy way to keep abreast of new articles on the meditation site. Make meditation part of your daily routine and let the Bellaonline meditation articles help you select just what kind of meditation is right for you, whether you are a child, teen, or adult, a beginner, or advanced practitioner.
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
| Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map
Content copyright © 2015 by Susan Helene Kramer. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Susan Helene Kramer. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Susan Helene Kramer for details.
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.