Loving-kindness for others

Geranium

I always felt overwhelmed, during my trips to India, by the number of people who were begging in the streets. There were children and old people, some who had a disability and others who were missing limbs. Mothers with tiny infants in their arms, young men with legs grotesquely swollen with elephantiasis, children without legs pushing themselves through the dust by their arms, beggars with missing fingers and noses due to leprosy. There were people who grabbed at you and shouted and followed you down the street for ten minutes, and others who sat patiently by the roadside and folded their hands in thanks when you gave them a coin. Continue reading “Loving-kindness for others” »

Loving-kindness Part 1

Warburton

‘Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.’

Henry James

 

May I be happy

May I be healthy

May I be peaceful

May I live with ease.

 

These simple words of the metta, or loving-kindness meditation, have much to offer us. When we first hear them, we might find them a bit obvious, or a voice in our head might say, ‘that’s all very well and good, but…’ There may be any number of reasons why it might be difficult for us to imagine a life of happiness, health and peace, but this doesn’t mean we cannot wish for it. Continue reading “Loving-kindness Part 1” »