In the mood to meditate

I always enjoy Lynn J Kelly’s posts and this one seems especially worth sharing this week with my focus on various types of mindfulness and the pragmatic advice to experience the benefits. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

The Buddha's Advice to Laypeople

[Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s teacher] Ajaan Suwat often recommended putting yourself in a good mood each time before you meditate. This may sound a little backwards for many of us because we meditate in order to put ourselves in a good mood, and yet he says to start out with a good mood. But when you stop to think about it, there’s really no way you can get good results out of the meditation unless the mind has at least some good qualities in it, some cheerfulness, some patience, some wisdom. These are qualities that act as seeds, that allow the meditation to develop. We’re not totally empty-handed when we come to the meditation. We do have good qualities in the mind, and there are plenty of things we can think about to put the mind in a good mood. …

If you sit down and you feel yourself totally disinclined to…

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