Posted on: March 27, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

We all want to be happy and peaceful in life. But when we turn our mind around, there are conflicts, insecurities, wars, diseases, many dangers are affecting our peace.

Feelings of separation, alienation, anger towards people and the world around us, sometimes we have the feeling and belief that fighting, fighting with people, with others will bring us peace. true, lies in the struggle?

If external enemies are considered people, objects that cause us trouble, anxiety, insecurity. Internal enemies are habits, habits, afflictions such as anger and hatred that dominate us in all thoughts and actions in life. Looking more closely, we can see that the enemy hidden deep behind is the wrong view of ourselves, about the world, about the separation between body, mind and with ourselves from the outside world. Another profound enemy is ignorance of the wholesome, liberating, and enlightened qualities and energies that exist within our own body and mind and in all sentient beings. The practice of the Four Immeasurables is one of the methods to help combat all three of these negative tendencies ultimately.

Nurturing Lovingkindness

Loving-kindness is wishing all sentient beings to be happy and peaceful. This is the basic teaching, the first quality of the Four Immeasurables. All sentient beings strive to achieve happiness and peace. All wish to live happily and peacefully; No one wants unhappiness or suffering. However, people often don’t understand that the cause of happiness comes from wholesome kamma, instead they keep creating unwholesome actions. Thus, their deepest desires and actions contradict each other: in their quest for happiness, they bring only suffering to themselves.

When we meditate on loving-kindness, we should first generate the wish for happiness and well-being for ourselves, and then gradually extend this mind-stream to all sentient beings. Keep focusing your mind on thoughts “How wonderful it would be if every person, every being could enjoy all the happiness and peace they desire.” You don’t have to meditate to develop loving-kindness. This is a practice you can do anywhere, walking down the street, in the countryside, in your family, in the middle of a party or while waiting for an appointment.

Buddha once taught that peaceful people are those who, when you think of them, make you smile. Visualize their presence in front of you, and in you arise a mind-stream that sees their importance, appreciates them, and appreciates the benefits they have brought to you. Then make a wish to them as follows: “May you be at peace, may you be healthy, may you be safe, may you be free and free.”

Next, turn your attention to a friend who is enjoying many blessings in this life. That person may not be completely happy, but basically feels happy and peaceful and their life is peaceful and peaceful. Visualize their presence and give them the above wishes for peace, happiness, freedom, and freedom.

Peace of mind and everything

Next, think about someone you are facing a lot of suffering in your life. Please sincerely grant the above wishes for peace, happiness, freedom, and freedom. Next think about people you probably don’t know. It could be someone you don’t know, someone you accidentally meet, a newspaper carrier, a postman, someone you meet on the street. Please sincerely give them the wishes of peace, happiness, freedom and freedom as above.

Next think about the person who has bothered you, maybe the person who hurt you, talked behind your back, slandered you, or someone who behaves so badly that sometimes it is difficult for a normal person to imagine. . Of course in meditation sessions, starting with those with small conflicts, it is easier to do small unwholesome acts. Think of that person and repeat the prayer line that they too are happy, peaceful, free, and free.

Finally, give loving-kindness to all sentient beings, everywhere, even the most subtle people, animals, and insects. May all sentient beings be peaceful, healthy, free, and at ease.

A typical illustration of great compassion is a mother bird taking care of her babies. The mother bird begins by making a soft, cozy nest. It shelters and keeps the chicks warm with its wings. It is always gentle and protects them until they can fly away. Like that mother bird, learn to always be kind in all thoughts, words, and actions toward all sentient beings.

Nurturing Compassion

If loving-kindness is the wish for everyone to be happy and peaceful, knowing how to sow the causes of peace, then compassion is directed towards suffering people and situations. Practicing compassion counteracts the evil and narrow-mindedness of our minds, allowing us to look directly at our own and others’ sufferings without being obscured by any barriers. Compassion is not a temporary emotion but a power that arises from a genuine understanding of the oneness between ourselves and all others.

When starting to meditate on compassion, the masters recommend that first focus on one’s suffering, one by one, and then work on it step by step until we can meditate on all. all sentient beings as a whole. Otherwise, our compassion will be vague and theoretical. When compassion is awakened, understand that all this suffering is the result of negative actions committed in the past. All those wretched beings now wallowing in evil deeds will inevitably suffer as well. With this in mind, meditate with compassion on all beings who are creating causes of suffering for themselves by killing and other unwholesome actions.

Meditating on cultivating compassion is similar to loving-kindness, you can use these lines of mind: “May you be free from disease, suffering and the causes of suffering; I wish you peace and happiness.”

Buddha is a fully enlightened being

Before meditating on compassion, reflect on the common suffering that mankind has to go through. Really, with just a little attention, we all realize the fact that human beings, whether in high or low land, rich or poor, have to endure a common suffering of impermanence, death, irregularity. immense uncertainty and insecurity in this world. However, just a little care and sharing, a caring gesture, a phone call or a text message can make a person’s life change, more peaceful and happier. This understanding makes us closer to people, makes us care and share with people more. The feeling of oneness, no difference, connection, connection between ourselves and others is increased.

Nurturing Joy

Joy can be understood as a stream of mind that rejoices at the success, happiness and well-being of others, instead of thinking that this person is not good, does not deserve to enjoy what they are doing. Yes. To deal with dissatisfaction and jealousy, joy is a good quality, but of course it is not easy because of the feeling of joy and sorrow, mixed with jealousy, not prioritizing the successes of others, especially when we assume that what they achieved should have been ours. The success of others increases anxiety by assuming that their success and happiness will diminish your own success and happiness. Nurturing joy helps us to cope with feelings of lack, insecurity and always wanting to compare with others. Practicing Joy helps us to broaden our horizons about reality, balance our feelings of neediness and failure, and appreciate and rejoice in front of anyone who has good energy and is enjoying happiness.

We can begin our practice by thinking of someone who easily evokes positive emotions – like a relative, a close friend or someone you love – as a successful person, by heart and peace, and feel at ease that you are. Once you’ve created that feeling of happiness, try to cultivate the same feeling toward those you once felt indifferent. Then focus on all the people who have hurt you, and especially those you have ever felt jealous of. Get rid of the nasty evil mind at the root of seeing someone enjoy such complete affluence, cultivate a special sense of delight in every kind of happiness they can enjoy. The meaning of rejoicing is to have a mind free from jealousy.

Nurturing Equanimity

Equanimity is the foundation for cultivating the three streams of loving-kindness, compassion, and joy. Equanimity helps us to expand our mind stream, beyond the ordinary ego, towards the happiness and well-being of others and sentient beings. If we lack equanimity, we can only generate loving-kindness and compassion to do beneficial things when being known, praised, appreciated or reciprocated; We cultivate compassion for ourselves only in the face of suffering, we only extend compassion when we see the suffering of others. And we only generate joy when we are not threatened, we are not worried and we are not jealous. But when we cultivate equanimity, our great power to connect with people and the environment is expanded, because we no longer feel the need to react or cling to anything in life. The foundation of equanimity is the wisdom of Eight worldly concerns: gain-loss, gain-loss, pleasure-suffering, praise-criticism. Eight worldly preoccupations make life ups and downs.

Equanimity can be understood as giving up aversion to enemies and attachment to friends, and having an equal attitude towards all sentient beings, free from attachment to one’s neighbours, aversion to others. unfriendly person…


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