June 4, 2012

Mudita Practices on and off the Cushion for the Week of June 4, 2012

Hello Everyone,

May this find you all well.

So keeping it short and simple, allow yourselves to fully experience joy at any given moment as it arises through the course of your day and week. Stop short and feel the joy in the body, the opening in your heart center and really breathe deeply into it. Enjoy its presence in your awareness and your body, heart and mind.

Adopt a gratitude practice. Simply keeping a daily journal and/or eliciting a friend (gratitude buddy) to email one line of whatever you are grateful for each day. And like in the above paragraph, feel into that gratitude, experiencing the appreciation in your body, heart and mind.

With daily sitting, you can bring up the image of someone you are rooting for and care deeply about. Bringing to mind an event or situation with this person that has brought happiness and/or success. Feeling into the radiance of joy for this person and saying two phrases, "May your happiness continue" and "May your happiness grow." Keeping the attention on the image and the feeling of mudita towards this person. Using the breath sensations to come back if the mind gets lost.

May you have a week of joy and fruitful practice,

with gratitude, Pauletta

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