Radiating kindness over the entire world, spreading upward to the skies
and downward to depths, outwards and unbounded."
--- from Karaniya Metta Sutta of the Pali Canon*
|Margo Adair 1950-2010|
Then, in the wee hours of the morning, I experienced a quite wonderful sequence of lucid dreams. For the first time in quite awhile I was able to experience the thrill of consciously leaving my body and taking flight.
Outside the Box
Margo Adair, was a master theorist and practitioner in this tradition. Terming her special craft "applied meditation," her life's work was dedicated to healing the wounds of racism, sexism, homophobia and environmental degradation. Offering a rich collection of guided visualizations and group mediation practices, Adair's work dissolved the perceived differences between inner work and outer work. Like others who emerged in the spiritual uprising of the era, her work was grounded in a non-dual perception of being. It emerged and returned to a space beyond
"May all beings be happy" is one of the most widely recognized expressions in traditional Buddhism. This phrase and others form the set of meditations known as Brahmavihara practices. Here in the West they are often referred to as Metta or Loving kindness meditations -- although they include practices that focus on the cultivation of True Love in its four aspects: kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity.
And that's not all.
With some time and effort, you'll find what techniques work for you. Using the words and images that come to you, you'll be able to modify various meditation practices to suit the realities of your own life. You will come to trust yourself.
How cool is that?
( *The Pali Canon is the most complete early Buddhist collection of scriptures. Living on as an oral tradition for centuries, it was written down at the Fourth Buddhist Council in Sri Lanka in 29 BCE. It is the central scripture of the what is considered to be the oldest surviving school of Buddhism, the Theravada.)