The Journey Of A Christian Reaching For God With The Aid Of Buddha's Teachings

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Renewal (update)

If you have kept up with my blog, then I am sure that you noticed that I did not keep up with my Meditation Challenge for the month of May.  You will have noticed that I stopped on May 18th after posting an article called “Why I stopped meditating: acts of rebellion + intention” and I haven’t blogged since.  Well, there is a reason for why I stopped meditating and blogging and if you read the post on May 18th, you will have a good understanding why this was so. 

I started blogging as a way to educate myself, as a way to show my journey as it progresses and to gain some small bit of happiness and clarity for myself.  Over the course of my meditation challenge, the focus and reasoning of my blogging shifted from sharing my journey and having the aid of others in the cyber world to a chore that I felt like needed to be completed daily.  I didn’t want this to happen.  I didn’t want to meditate for those reasons.  I want to meditate and post on my blog when I feel compelled to do so with the right intention.  I want to blog as often as possible, but at the same time, I don’t want to feel obligated to blog.  The purpose of my blog is not to see how many people will view it a day, as I have started to make it, but for me; solely and 100 percent for me to document my journey, to get others to understand where I am coming from and to aid me in becoming the person that I want to be.

I stopped blogging to come back to the original reasoning for my Christian-Buddhist Journey.  I am finding this journey to be really interesting as I continue to meditate when I feel the need to.  I find this journey to be really interesting as I am building my believes and understanding of the world.  From this point on, I will not have a scheduled time to blog or specific things that I will blog about.  I hope you find understanding and will find the need to aid me as I work through life.

– Meditating doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be more compassionate or loving, it just means you can call yourself a meditator.) (1)

– The very thing I was doing to feel liberated felt confining. (1)

(1) – http://www.daniellelaporte.com/inspiration-spirituality-articles/why-i-stopped-meditating-acts-of-rebellion-intention/

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Day 17 – May Meditation

I completed my meditation today early in the day around 9am.  Since my Metta doesn’t take long to say, I first listened to the Metta video from the Current Challenge Page.  I focused on the Pali words as I thought about each group of people from my Metta.  Then, I read my Metta out loud while sitting in a traditional position.  Then, I focused on each group and sent out loving kindness to all.

***Though, I did my meditation early, that does not mean, I cannot recite my Metta at other times.  Today on my walk to work, I brought my Metta up on my cell phone and read it out loud.  I figured sharing some extra loving kindness would help me to feel more loving and kinder while I worked.

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” – Buddha (1)

(1) – http://buddhaquotes.co.uk/All-Buddha-Quotes/?keyword=kindness

Day 16 – May Meditation

I enjoy the time I have just sitting on my bed with my eyes closed and getting away from the craziness of the world.  It allows me some time to reflect on my behaviors and analyze how I allow others to affect my mood.  Today, I sat on my bed after an inspirational work meeting and I realized that I am not as friendly as I had originally thought I was with people.  So, I sat on my bed and spoke aloud so that I could listen to the compassion and loving kindness I was sending out to the world.  After reading my Metta aloud, I thought about the people I had seen that day as well as the people I know that I do not get to see.  Then, I took some time to go through my Facebook and remove the clutter of people that I do not know so that I could focus on maintaining a relationship with the people that mean the most to me.  I have started going through my friends list in order to make a connection with people that I may not have spoken to in a long while.  Even if it is a simple “Hi, I was thinking about you” or “love the profile picture.”  This helps to keep the lines of communication open with the people I call my friends and family.  No matter how far apart I am from my friends and family, I know that no distance will keep me from their love or keep my love from them.

 


“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.  If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But, if these minds get out of harmony with one another, it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.” – Buddha (1)

 

(1) – http://buddhaquotes.co.uk/All-Buddha-Quotes/?keyword=love

 

Day 15 – May Meditation

We are starting a new meditation today and I couldn’t be more excited. We are starting the meditation known as Metta, which means to cultivate loving-kindness towards oneself, then loved ones, friends, then strangers, then enemies, and finally towards all conscious beings.  I have chosen to use the video below as a template for writing my own Metta. My Metta is quite similar to the video with some modifications to make it fit for me here and now.  After finishing my Metta, I sat down in a traditional position and read out loud my Metta meditation (below).

My Metta Meditation
May I be free from hostility and danger
May I be free from mental suffering
May I be free from physical suffering
May I take care of myself happily
May my parents teachers, relatives and friends
be free from hostility and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily
May all meditators and people unknown to me in this world
be free from hostility and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily
May all my enemies, those who have hurt me in the past and those
who have yet to hurt me, those who have hurt people I care for, either physical or mentality
be free from hostility and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
May they take care of themselves happily
May all beings
all breathing things
all creatures
all individuals
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)
may all females
all males
all noble ones
all worldlings
all humans
all those in the four woeful planes
be free from hostility and dangers
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
may they take care of themselves happily
May all being be free from suffering
May whatever they have gained not be lost
in the eastern direction
in the western direction
in the northern direction
in the southern direction
in the southeast direction
in the northwest direction
in the northeast direction
in the southwest direction
in the direction below
in the direction above
whatever beings that move on water
may they are free of mental suffering and hostility
and from physical suffering and danger
As far as the highest plane of existence
to as far down as the lowest plane
in the entire universe
whatever beings that move in air
may they are free of mental suffering and hostility
and from physical suffering and danger.
May we all live with peace and happiness in our hearts and share our joy with all beings
all breathing things
all creatures
all individuals
all personalities (all beings with mind and body)
may all females
all males
all noble ones
all worldlings
all humans
and with all those in the four woeful planes

May all be blessed…

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

Day 14 – May Meditation

Today, I did something a little different for my daily meditation.  This is the last day of the Anapanasati breathing meditations and the day was so beautiful that I decided to go to the beach.  While I was there, I felt the need to do my meditation right then and there sitting on the sand.  I began at around 3:00pm and allowed myself to take in everything around me  in the here and now.  Here is what my senses told me.

Touch – I felt the feel of the sand through my hands as I pushed my hands into the sand.  I picked up some and felt the sensation of the sand flowing through my fingers.  I felt the feel of the wind blowing on my skin and through my hair as it rushed across the water, up the sand and into the city of Vancouver.  I felt the feel of the sun as it gave its glowing shine on my face and arms.  It felt warm to help balance the chill of the wind.

Smell – I smelt the smell of the salty water as the air pushed the scent of the ocean water across the land.  I could smell the distinct seaweed scent as I slowly breathed in and out.

Sight – I saw the mountains towering over the cities and the waters with snow capping each one of them.  I saw the sand as it was shaped and molded by animal tracks, footprints, the water and the wind.  I saw the waves white capping as they approached the sand and gently rolling up the shallow slopes of the sands.  I saw the boats coming and going delivering goods, people, and giving tourists the joys of the bay.  I saw the people playing and enjoying the beauties and wonders of nature.  I saw the birds searching for love, searching for food, and being as they are meant to be.  I saw the tall blades of grass next to a stump blowing in the wind as if they were waving to the sky.

Hear – I heard the sound of the birds as they called to their loved ones and warned others of danger.  I heard the laughter of people playing on the beach and the playgrounds.  I heard the waves white capping in the water and splashing on the shore.  I heard the wind as it blew pass my ears.  I heard the sound of people running behind me as they become healthier and stronger.

After about 45 minutes, I got up paid my respects to nature and walked home relaxed, peaceful, and with a better understanding of the world around me.

 

“We need to live as the Buddha taught us to live, in peace and harmony with nature, but this must start with ourselves. If we are going to save this planet we need to seek a new ecological order, to look at the life we lead and then work together for the benefit of all; unless we work together no solution can be found. By moving away from self-centeredness, sharing wealth more, being more responsible for ourselves, and agreeing to live more simply, we can help decrease much of the suffering in the world,” from the Buddhist Statement on Ecology 1996. (1)

 

 

(1) – http://www.arcworld.org/faiths.asp?pageID=129

 

Day 13 – May Meditation

Today I completed my daily meditation at a decent time. I sat in a tradition meditation pose and closed my eyes. I sent my goodwill and positive intention to myself, the ones I love, to the ones I am indifferent toward, the ones I consider enemies, and to all conscious beings. Then, i began counting each slow inhale and exhale breath. Focusing on each breath, I allowed my thoughts to relax for 15 minutes. I felt much calmer.

I have noticed throughout my day that I am happier at work and trying to remain positive since I began meditating in the evening. I haven’t felt the need to watch television shows that I watched before. They just do not seem as important anymore. I don’t know if there is a correlation between my mood, outlook on life and watching television with meditating daily, but it is wonderful.

 

– Remember that happiness is in your hands –

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.  If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him.  If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.” – Buddha (1)

 

(1) – http://thinkexist.com/search/searchquotation.asp?search=happiness&q=author%3A%22Buddha%22

Day 12 – May Meditation

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After a long day at work making frappicinos for the world, I did my meditation at 4:20pm.  I sat on the bed in the traditional meditation pose in front of my meditation wall hanging and closed my eyes.  I praying/sending out goodwill for my happiness, happiness for my loved ones, happiness for my enemies, and happiness for all conscious beings. Then, I began breathing slowly and deeply as I counted each breath as I inhaled and exhaled. Tonight was a simple meditation as I simply went deep into a meditation blackout.  I opened my eyes still counting in my head the inhale and exhales.  I sat up clear of thought and motivated and noticed I had meditated for 20 minutes.  It was a good meditation session.

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha (1)

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(1) –http://thinkexist.com/quotes/buddha/

 

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