The Brahma Viharas are also known as the Four Divine Emotions that represent the most beautiful aspects of human nature. Using mindfulness techniques and meditations we can start to embody these states more while driving out their near enemies of selfishness, pity, resentment and clinging or craving. Those who cultivate the brahma viharas are guaranteed to happiness.
The Four Divine Emotions ( Brahma-Viharas)
1. Metta (Loving-kindness)
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” Buddha
Discovering that to truly love must start from within and knowing that if you have squeezed one person out of your heart you will never be free is the basis for this practice. Start with yourself and move on to the more difficult people in your life. You can use a simple phrase such as ” May I be happy’, “may ( someone you like or are close to) be happy’ ‘may ( insert someone you are having difficulty with) be happy. Just check in to see if your heart starts to clench as you move down the Cline of those you dislike.
2. Karuna (Compassion)
Compassion and empathy go hand in hand. These traits can be developed by feeling your way around what is needed in your life so you are more able to sit with others pain and suffering and acknowledge that without judgment. Each situation is different, sometimes compassion means not doing anything active. At other times it is a big warm hand or heart.
3. Mudita (Joy with others)
Being able to feel joy for the success of others especially when you life is not going so well will drive out resentment and light some good karma candles for you. Soon their joy will become your joy. Your joy will be multiplied a thousand times over.
4. Upekkha (Equanimity)
Finding the middle ground, neither grasping for things or states or pushing them away will bring a calm abidance to you this Christmas. Sitting with what you have in front of you is the best practice. Practice catching yourself before your attraction hardens into grasping or negativity
Practice for today: Choose one of the states above to embody or just enjoy the prayer below. Set your sights on a beautiful Christmas this year
May all beings be enlightened.
May all beings be at peace.
May all beings be free.
May all beings love one another.
May all beings live in harmony with nature.
May all beings be happy and kind.
May all beings be healthy and wise.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings be infinite and timeless.
May all beings be eternal and boundless.
May all beings be released from suffering.
The soul in me honors the soul in you.
The infinite eternal in me honors the infinite eternal in you.
Infinite quantum love to all beings!