Dear fellow practitioners,
It seems that there is so much 'disturbing news' lately, and given this we might find ourselves feeling worried and concerned. It is important to find ways to help the mind to rest and be at ease in order to maintain well-being. Lord Buddha recommends the cultivation of 'The Four Brahma Vihara' (Metta – loving kindness, Karuna – compassion, Mudita – sympathetic/appreciative joy, Upekkha – equipoise/evenness) As skilful ways to nourish one's practice with wholesome and uplifting 'divine emotions.' These wholesome mind-states when cultivated diligently, can become powerful forms of concentration in meditation practice as well. Qualities such as gratitude and appreciation would fall into the category of joyful 'appreciative' mind-states, or Mudita. Such emotions are pleasant and uplifting.
'The Three Jewels of Refuge', namely Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha, truly are a refuge for the heart. But many modern people it seems neglect to recognise this in a way that is deeply nourishing. In this guided meditation I am encouraging people to look one again at these Three Precious Jewels, and to try to recognise how blessed we are to have met them. When we recognise the Blessings in our lives with genuine appreciation, we tend to feel Blessed, content and grateful… which can be quite a relief!
I sincerely hope that this meditation is helpful to you at this time,
Ajahn Achalo Bhikkhu
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