Practicing the 4 Limitless Qualities along with YouTube’s “A Day in the Life – 2020” film

4 Limitless Qualities

Four of the most important virtues within Buddhism are the “Limitless Qualities” because they represent love and goodwill toward all sentient beings, without limit. These are also called the “4 Divine Abodes”. These 4 qualities unlock unlimited potential for contentment, connectedness within us and connectedness with other sentient beings around us.

These 4 prized emotions or mind states give us a framework to cultivate positive behaviors and minimize harmful ones. They are called the “Divine abodes” because they are …

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Introduction to Mindfulness – Webinar Series

I work for PeaceHealth; a Vancouver, WA based not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth’s “Healthy You” program provides classes, tools and tips to help and inspire members of our communities on their health journey.

As part of “Healthy You” offering, I conducted a series of 8 hour-long webinars on many different aspects of mindfulness practice. The first webinar was conducted in March 2020 and the final webinar was conducted in July 2020. Each webinar …

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Loving Kindness and Forgiveness – III

Steps for performing Loving Kindness meditation for someone who has hurt or harmed us

Here are the steps you need to follow to perform this meditation:

Step 1) Remember to use phrases like the ones listed below for this practice. Choose ones that resonate with you deeply.

May you be happyMay you be peacefulMay you live with ease

Step 2) Synchronize the practice with your breath:

While inhaling say “May you be”While exhaling say “happy”

Step 3) Now, focus your attention exclusively on yourself. Remember that …

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Loving Kindness and Forgiveness – II

What is Forgiveness?

The following definition of Forgiveness appears on the website of the American Psychological Association.

“Forgiveness is defined as willfully putting aside feelings of resentment toward an individual who has committed a wrong, been unfair or hurtful, or otherwise harmed one in some way. Forgiveness is not equated with reconciliation or excusing another, and it is not merely accepting what happened or ceasing to be angry. Rather, it involves a voluntary transformation of one’s feelings, attitudes, and behavior toward the individual, so that one …

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Loving Kindness and Forgiveness – I

This is a three-part series of blog posts around the use of Loving Kindness practice for forgiving someone who has hurt or harmed us.

The series comprises of the following sections:

Part I

What is Loving KindnessSteps to practice Loving KindnessCategories of recipients of Loving Kindness Meditation

Part II

What is forgiveness?Benefits of forgivenessMyths and Truths of ForgivenessLoving Kindness and ForgivenessImportance of Loving Kindness and Forgiveness during this stressful time

Part III

Steps for performing Loving Kindness meditation for someone who has hurt or harmed usGuided meditation …

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