How Meditation Can Make You a Kinder Person
The practice of meditation has a myriad of proven benefits. Research has shown that a regular meditation practice can have beneficial effects on the body and mind. As this practice increasingly moves itself into the lives of more and more people in the Western culture, studies are beginning to show us many more ways that meditation can improve our personal and global lives.
Many people tend to move about the world in a hurried manner, trying to place focus on too many things at once. This habit of living a rushed existence decreases our ability to focus, and live within the present moment. Meditation is all about stillness and paying attention to what is right in front of us. It slows us down to allow for appreciation and gratitude, which causes us to be kinder to ourselves and those around us.
There are ways that one can use the practice of meditation to demonstrate more kindness in the world:
Be Kind to Yourself – The Dalai Lama says, “If your compassion does not include yourself, then it is incomplete.” It is impossible to show others tenderness and kindness when you are unkind and judgmental towards yourself. You can never give to others what you have not cultivated within your own inner being. Meditation helps us to stop judging ourselves and to come into full acceptance of everything that we are, knowing that if we choose to change any aspect of ourselves, we have the ability to do so. We can always be better, but we must love ourselves completely without judgment first, then we are able to do the same for others.
Namaste, We Are All One – One of the greatest benefits of a meditation practice is that it creates a feeling of universal oneness. In those moments between breaths, we begin to know that we are connected to everything and everyone that is in existence. The falsehood of our separateness begins to dissipate and we can actually feel our being merging with the entirety of the Universe. When one begins to see himself or herself as a part of everyone else, simply different aspects of the Whole, it becomes difficult to be unkind to anyone or to judge others on their actions. Compassion replaces judgment, and we live as kindred humans.
Forgiveness is Key – Every spiritual practice teaches that forgiveness is the pathway to true freedom. Meditation teaches us to forgive ourselves and to move forward and live within the present moment – not the past or the future. As we learn to forgive ourselves for the wrongs we think we have committed and it becomes much easier to forgive others. Forgiving others does not mean that we condone the ills of society or excuse people for deliberately hurting us or others; it means that we “let it go” – that we no longer use our precious time to harbor resentment and hate for others. To forgive is to free ourselves from the bitterness about what happened in the past.
The key to a healthy meditation practice and a loving and kind life, is learning more and more to come into the present moment and the more we live in the NOW moment, the easier it is to be kind to ourselves and to the world. We stop dwelling on what “should not” or “should have” been done. We only concentrate on the NOW.
(Source: Huffington Post)