Until I decide I won't, I am penning, these blog posts in support of my ongoing sacred journey course,“Creating a Life of Contentment," which began Sept. 15. For one entire year, we'll be traveling together as intimate companions: to relax, let go and rest into Love; to discover the bliss of our own life. I hope you will join me here! You can learn more about the program here.
The Best Thing We Can Do
When you have a tough day ...
when more than your share of things go wrong ...
when you hear the voices of discouragement sing a song of weariness in your mind ...
What is the very best thing to do?
For me, it is leaning into Metta and letting it fill my heart.
Metta, the Buddhist practice of “unconditional friendliness”—or “loving-kindness”—is the kindest and wisest response to my own unrest.
Saying four simple phrases of blessing to ourself:
May I feel safe.
May I feel healthy and strong.
May I feel happy.
May I feel peaceful and at ease ...
... may begin to melt away the tensions of the day and create feelings of calm, especially around those things that appeared to steal our Contentment.
Sometimes Contentment is fragile and tenuous. It has not put down deep enough roots within us yet. So when winds of difficulty blow, we are easily moved off center. Instead of clawing for Contentment, however, we can ease back into it, gently welcoming it in by using Metta phrases.
The Buddha taught: “Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind?” He also taught that using Metta phrases for ourselves (and for others) softens the suffering of daily life.
I know it does for me.
Today, if life feels difficult, if you are in need of finding your calm center again, let a little Metta in.
The unconditional friendliness of Contentment will soon be yours ...
*These 4 phrases are the ones that I personally use in my Metta practice. They are adapted from the classic phrases used in the Vipassana tradition which are:
May I be happy.
May I be well.
May I be safe.
May I live with ease.
If you are not familiar with Metta Meditation, here are two wonderful resources:
The first, a short video featuring my teacher and friend, Sylvia Boorstein, teaching Metta.
And a wonderful article on the practice by Sharon Salzberg: