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Unmanagable
11-02-11, 06:13 AM
http://www.mettadrum.com/2011/09/finding-greatness-in-your-imperfection.html (http://www.mettadrum.com/2011/09/finding-greatness-in-your-imperfection.html)


About Metta Drum:



Metta: A Pali word meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, benevolence, amity, friendship, good will, kindness, love, sympathy, close mental union (on same mental wavelength), and active interest in others.

Metta Drum is a blog devoted to taking this idea and applying it to the realms of personal development and healing. This is just as much a learning process as a teaching process for me, one that I hold sacred as a source of purpose and joy.

Kunga Dorji
11-05-11, 07:31 PM
http://www.mettadrum.com/2011/09/finding-greatness-in-your-imperfection.html (http://www.mettadrum.com/2011/09/finding-greatness-in-your-imperfection.html)




Do you do any specific "loving kindness" meditation?

My practices incorporate this as a specific exercise.
It has real transformative value.
It makes me feel good.
It makes me smile more at other people and makes me kinder.

It is a simple practice- and easily added as 5 minutes at the end of a mindfulness session.

Unmanagable
11-05-11, 08:23 PM
Do you do any specific "loving kindness" meditation?

My practices incorporate this as a specific exercise.
It has real transformative value.
It makes me feel good.
It makes me smile more at other people and makes me kinder.

It is a simple practice- and easily added as 5 minutes at the end of a mindfulness session.


I've not up to this point, but came across this gem recently and plan to start using it tonight:

https://sites.google.com/site/psychospiritualtools/Home/meditation-practices/lovingkindness

Kunga Dorji
11-05-11, 09:09 PM
I've not up to this point, but came across this gem recently and plan to start using it tonight:

https://sites.google.com/site/psychospiritualtools/Home/meditation-practices/lovingkindness


The instruction here misses a really important point.

To make this work best focus your attention on the sensation of the breath over your heart while you are doing the mental recitation.

This meditation causes very strong pleasant sensation to arise around your heart.
The more you focus your attention on it the more you will be able to train the conditioned reflex that activates the neurohormonal chain of events that activates this sensation.

With practice this effect becomes very powerful and the sensation can be almost overwhelmingly intense.

The danger is addiction!

The side effect is accidentally being nicer to other people without planning to.

Unmanagable
11-05-11, 09:36 PM
The instruction here misses a really important point.

To make this work best focus your attention on the sensation of the breath over your heart while you are doing the mental recitation.

This meditation causes very strong pleasant sensation to arise around your heart.
The more you focus your attention on it the more you will be able to train the conditioned reflex that activates the neurohormonal chain of events that activates this sensation.

With practice this effect becomes very powerful and the sensation can be almost overwhelmingly intense.

The danger is addiction!

The side effect is accidentally being nicer to other people without planning to.

I appreciate the helpful tip. :)

Funny you should mention the "sensation". I've noticed during the guided meditations that are focused on topics that I struggle with, such as forgiveness, activates an intense sensation that resembles feeling "electricity" in the pit of my gut and it extends into my extremeties. I even repeated it several times on different days just to see if my mind was messing with me and I had the same sensation, at the same point during the meditation, each time.

I'm endlessly amazed at the different sensations and emotions I experience during some of my meditation sessions and the feeling of enlightenment afterwards. I still painfully struggle with consistency, though.

I can totally relate to the following quote since I've been discovering all of the different methods of what works for me in my attempts to improve my health as a whole:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." ~Marianne Williamson

Unmanagable
11-08-11, 05:06 AM
Loving the addition of the "loving kindness" practice. :)

And you were correct. The more good wishes you send, the more good sensations you receive. Gotta love a win/win situation.

meadd823
11-11-11, 02:17 AM
To make this work best focus your attention on the sensation of the breath over your heart while you are doing the mental recitation.


Although it sounds really "cheesy" it works amazingly well, even in the absence of recitation! Words are are distraction to me so I don;t use them.

Kunga Dorji
11-12-11, 10:38 PM
Although it sounds really "cheesy" it works amazingly well, even in the absence of recitation! Words are are distraction to me so I don;t use them.

Funnily enough I have always liked cheese.
Even before this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3KBuQHHKx0