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Meditation: The Direct Way To Inner Happiness

Meditation: The Direct Way To Inner Happiness

We love to meditate; it’s really our favorite activity, like hanging out with a very near and dear friend. We’ve both been meditating since our early 20s and together for the last 26. We have no idea who we would be nor how we could live in this mad and crazy world without it. But one thing’s for sure: whenever we run into a difference of opinion (Ed thinks the ceiling is flat while Deb thinks it’s white) it is only when we sit to meditate that such differences dissolve (the ceiling is both flat and white).

Ed trained in India in the yoga tradition, Deb in Buddhism, but we’ve dropped the ‘isms’ and go by what our hearts tell us. Often we just sit in quiet emptiness (which is so rich and full!); other times we focus on loving kindness for ourselves and others; and sometimes we do walking meditation or recite mantras. Meditation is about being totally present, so whatever we do brings us back to center, back to awareness, freedom, radiant emptiness.

We are passionate about teaching meditation – although strictly speaking no one can teach it, merely point the way, like a finger pointing to the moon yet is not the moon. We love seeing the ‘aha’ moment when someone lets go of thinking they can’t do it and ‘gets’ what meditation is really about – just being present with what is, as it is.

Sitting quietly enables us to go beyond our limited self and enter into a great spaciousness. We assure you – it’s the greatest gift you can give yourself!

 

Loving Kindness Meditation

This meditation opens your heart by developing loving kindness.

Start by breathing into the area of your heart, softening and relaxing with the in-breath, and letting go of tension on the out-breath. Hold your name or an image of yourself in your heart and silently repeat: May I be well, may I be happy, may I be filled with loving kindness. Do this for five minutes or more.

Then silently wish all beings be well, all beings be happy. If you are at work you can spend a few minutes repeating the names of the people you work with and wishing them happiness and joy. On your way home from work reflect on your day and generate loving thoughts to all those you met. At night, think of each member of your family and wish them wellness and happiness: May they be well, may they be happy, may they be filled with loving kindness. Do this for five or more minutes.

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Join Ed and Deb for a 4-week online course on discovering the greatest gift you can give yourself: meditation! Clear your mind, open your heart, and dive into the wonder of your own true self. Starts July 09!

 

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You can learn more in our book, Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World, forewords by the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman, with contributors Marianne Williamson, Jane Fonda, Ram Dass, Byron Katie and others. Our 3 meditation CD’s: Metta—Loving kindness and Forgiveness; Samadhi–Breath Awareness and Insight; and Yoga Nidra–Inner Conscious Relaxation, are available at: EdandDebShapiro.com

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7:57PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Thanks.

7:46PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

I plan on trying this form tonight. Lately it's been hard to meditate because I can't clear my heard, I need soemthing to focus on.

9:37AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Find a quiet place, relax, breath and open up. Let all the day's worth spill out and all that is outside yourself come in. The mix and results may well surprise you.

7:34AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

As a teenage school boy I found the ups and downs in mood to be too fast too graph as hormones raged. I had read in a newspaper that hospitals in the UK were painted green because it had been found that this colour relaxed the patients. I thought it would be a great idea to stare at a piece of green paper in order to relax myself, but green cardboard from the stationery shop had no effect. Undeterred, I tried other colours and came upon one which did relax me. I then set about testing the colours of the rainbow in the stationery shop on other people that were stressed and found that everyone has a colour of cardboard that has a soporific affect. The Tension Sheet was born. I soon carried out a test on those with high blood pressure, and found that The Tension Sheet reduced the blood pressure to lower than normal figures in just minutes and recommend that a tension sheet is carried at all times, and that a chill-out room should be painted in the right colour in every tension sufferers home. It is certainly easier to stare at a correctly coloured piece of cardboard or wall for a few minutes than the interference with breathing patterns that most mediation involves.

3:49AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thank you once again for the great reminder. And each time I feel like reprimanding myself for not sitting down and committing, I remember your article where you say '5 minutes a day is better than 30 minutes a week'. Even if I only stick with it for 2-3 minutes that time, I feel much better with and about myself.
And on that note, I have 10 minutes before I need to go - what better to do then focus for a few minutes? :)

12:38AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

I think meditation as is said is very good. I think meditation is like a kind of rest for our brain.

8:42PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

I´ve read and done this meditation - even while walking on my way to work and found it beautiful and calming - truly effective in my opinion

12:53PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

Beautifully said. I have done the heart meditation, and people would be surprised to see how much better they feel afterwards. Try to do this daily, you will be a better person for it.

9:48AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

I too, love meditation. I think I'll work some in to my lunch break today....

9:09AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

I try to meditate each day and havd joined a weekly meditation group. I look forward to my meditation time before bed each night. I do sleep much better and without pills now.

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