We will begin a study and practice of The Four Foundations of Mindfulness this evening at 7pm. A few of us meet at 6:20pm to begin with yoga. You are welcome to join us for either.
We meet at 3500 Hwy 28 East in Pineville at First Christian Church across from Johnny’s Pizza. Beginners welcome. No meditation experience or religious affiliation needed.
The group functions on the basis of “dāna,” or generosity. The instruction is offered at no charge, but donations are welcome to cover expenses and offer a way to express support for the practice.
We begin by extending lovingkindness to ourselves using traditional phrases or mantras. It may seem odd at first, but if we are unable to love and be gentle with ourselves, we will be unable to extend lovingkindness to others. It’s ok if you don’t particularly feel the phrases at the moment, just set your intention and gather your attention behind each phrase. Say them first for yourself.
May I be safe.
May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I live with ease.
Then you repeat those phrases for a loved one, whoever comes to mind:
May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you live with ease.
Then repeat those phrases for someone you feel neutral toward, perhaps someone you remember from your day that you encountered.
Next repeat those phrases for someone you feel resistance toward or struggle with.
Lastly, open your heart wider to extend lovingkindness to all beings everywhere.
May all beings everywhere be safe.
May all beings everywhere be happy.
May all beings everywhere be healthy.
May all beings everywhere live with ease.