The short and to the point purpose of this post is that when we sit down to meditate, and especially if we don’t sit down to meditate because our job is too stressful, the house is too cluttered, or because we’re too tired, it behooves us to reflect on the fact that meditation can actually help us to be and to become more compassionate, not only with others but with ourselves.
When we say “meditation” and we discuss it as a way to become less distracted, what we may forget is that when we are less distracted, there’s more “space” within our attention and mind to do all of the things that we believe are preventing us from meditating, as well as to provide better attention and service to those around us.
So, here’s the tiny reminder for today; remember to practice for your: kids, spouse, partner, parents, peers, boss, employees, those who you meet on the street, those who you avoid on the street, your dog, your cat, or your pet-rock! Meditate for the benefit of others and even forget about yourself; it may make the whole process a lot easier…who knows?!
For ideas on how to meditate in everyday life, to make it easier to integrate your meditation practice into all you do, check out this link. Also, there have previous posts on this blog about the scientific research into meditation and compassion, as well as some ways to work with our minds.
What's your experience? Please feel free to leave a comment and share your insights and thoughts.