When awakening every morning, I have the choice of what mental program to run. I can start the day thinking about bills to pay and jobs to finish, or I can open my eyes and give thanks that I am here for another day, that I enjoy reasonably good health, and that I live in a peaceful community. I had nothing to do with my good fortune to be born in a relatively peaceful country, for example, so being grateful is probably most appropriate.
One way to move from fear to gratitude is to consciously cultivate some ritual to help quiet our mental chatter. The Buddha taught a prayer that accomplishes all these things. It’s called the metta prayer, or prayer of loving kindness. Even a skeptical scientist can be comfortable with this 2,500-year-old prayer, because it doesn’t require one to believe anything. This brief prayer might also appeal to scientists because of its remarkable efficiency. It addresses in five short lines many of life’s principle concerns: peace, love, gratitude, and community.
May I be in peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I awaken to the light which is my true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for all beings.
Excerpted from the article:
Finding the Path to Peace: Five Short Steps on the Path
by Jane Katra, Ph.D. & Russell Targ.
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RECOMMENDED BOOK OF THE DAY
The End of Suffering: Fearless Living in Troubled Times . . or, How to Get Out of Hell Free — by Russell Targ and J. J. Hurtak.
We tend to think in terms of polarities: good or evil, right or wrong, Democrat or Republican. This friend-or-foe approach may seem to make life easier, but the authors assert that this worldview only increases our experience of suffering. The End of Suffering puts two perceived opposites — Buddhism and physics — together and shows, step-by-step, how we can learn to surrender the story of who we think we are and experience an end to our suffering.
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