Meditation, in essence, means compassion and awareness. This week we’ll examine what compassion is and how we use it in our meditation practice.
Compassion is the feeling that occurs when another person is suffering, and we then feel motivated to ease that suffering. Compassion literally means “to suffer together.”
In meditation, we practice compassion for ourselves. When you focus on your breath, you let go of judging your own thoughts and feelings.
You deserve to be kind to yourself. Always.
Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your most beloved friend. This, ultimately, improves our compassion to everyone around us.
“It is said that we can’t attain enlightenment, let alone feel contentment and joy, without seeing who we are and what we do, without seeing our patterns and our habits. This is called maitri – developing loving-kindness and an unconditional friendship with ourselves.” ― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart