The first of the Four Brahma Viharas, loving-kindness, or metta, is the feeling of affection toward every sentient being. Metta is often cultivated through meditative practices. Loving-kindness is an active interest in others, a genuine care for their wellbeing, and wishing for the best for them. In our practice, we recognize that everyone experiences a [...]
I am currently in the San Francisco Bay Area. Living in Santa Monica, I believe I am blessed with one of the strongest recovering communities in the world. West Los Angeles is full of people of all ages and nationalities, from parents to their children, from homeless heroin addicts to soccer moms. It is a [...]
I heard a speaker say recently in a meeting that they no longer have good days and bad days. Through working a program, the woman had reached a level of gratitude for her life, stating that she has good days and great days.
“Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.” -Tony Robbins “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” -His Holiness The Dalai Lama XIV “A dog has one aim in life… [...]
The Twelfth Step of Alcoholics Anonymous states that we “try to carry this message to alcoholics, and practice these principles in all our affairs.” I think that some people understand this step differently than I do, and I would very simply like to share how I work my Step 12.
Buddhism and Service Being of service is talked about a lot in twelve-step recovery and Buddhism alike. In my Buddhist studies, I have practiced Metta meditation, which is working on healing others. I try to think daily what I can do to better the day of other people. I work to take care of others [...]
Every meditation sitting must begin with Samatha for me. I practice Samatha meditation more than any other form, as it is a prerequisite for other types. Whether I am practicing Metta, Vipassana, or contemplating the teachings, I always start with Samatha. It allows me to calm my mind, and get into the focus necessary to [...]
Metta meditation is the practice of loving-kindness. I struggle with the “love without attachment” aspect of Buddhism, especially in relationships. Upon beginning to practice Metta, I immediately found it went very well with my 11th and 12th steps. I began by practicing breathing in suffering from others, and exhaling healing. I visualized this by envisioning [...]