I mentioned yesterday that I was working with metta and karuna on the breath while walking crosstown and I believe that it was part of the reason that is able to meet the woman and her children with love and generosity. Interestingly enough, I almost continued walling by when I first heard her plea to the woman on the sidewalk but something, maybe the parikamma or meditation words, pulled me back.
Why am I bringing this up again? Probably to prove to myself that the technique is useful and it is worthwhile to continue. So what is it that I’m doing? In short, when I’m devoting attention to the brahmaviharas, I breath in thinking “Nidukkha Hontu” and out “Sukhita Hontu”. So, on the in breath I am wishing that all beings be free from suffering and contemplating hope they may be suffering while on the out breath wishing them happiness.
Simple sounding but it is funny how the mind rebels even when you try to give it what it says it wants.