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May we all be well, happy and peaceful

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As I work toward being more compassionate, I found this lovely Buddhist meditation to repeat to myself as I breathe compassion out to all people, not just my loved ones or people I know are suffering. It’s not easy at first, but I find that it helps me be far less angry with anyone if I concentrate on sending them compassion.

When I do this, my frustration with them dissipates, and I am able to move on from the emotion I don’t want to feel. I get terribly anxious when I am angry or upset with anyone. Sending compassion toward someone doesn’t alleviate what someone may have done to have brought on my reaction, but it helps me from wasting my time and energy feeling bad about someone else’s actions.

Here’s the poem:

May I be well, happy, and peaceful.
May my teachers be well, happy, and peaceful.
May my parents be well, happy, and peaceful.
May my relatives be well, happy, and peaceful.
May my friends be well, happy, and peaceful.
May the indifferent persons be well, happy, and peaceful.
May the unfriendly persons be well, happy, and peaceful.
May all meditators be well, happy, and peaceful.
May all beings be well, happy, and peaceful.

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9 Comments

  • Reply GYA today January 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Reblogged this on GYA today and commented:
    Compassion and peace …an unparalleled combination. 🙂

  • Reply brendayoder January 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Compassion is one of the greatest gifts we can give one another.

  • Reply inspirationalgem January 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Good for you!!! Beautiful post!! I always say that too that we should show kindness & compassion in general, not just to those we know and like/love. 🙂

  • Reply Kristin Barton Cuthriell January 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Beautiful!

  • Reply klrs09 January 6, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Nice.

  • Reply Professions for PEACE January 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you to Paul at GYA for helping me find you and your wise and wonderful blog.
    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post.
    Namaste ~Gina

  • Reply Eileen Lichtenstein January 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I love this & just tweeted it ~

  • Reply neilshreedhar January 7, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Reblogged this on NeilShreedhar's Blog and commented:
    Buddhist thinking gains popularity….here’s an example of it’s utility in life from an Artist known as the Vivid Optimist on WordPress …enjoy! 🙂

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