Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tucson Tragedy Meditation*

May I be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May I be protected from harm and free from suffering.
May I experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.

May my family, friends, and all persons I’ve known and will come to know be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May they be protected from harm and free from suffering.
May they experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.

May the families and friends of those killed by Jared Loughner in Tucson and the surviving victims of that and all tragedies be well, happy, safe, and
harmonious.
May they be protected from harm and free from suffering.
May they experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.

May Jared Loughner’s family and friends be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May they be protected from harm and free from suffering.
May they experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.

May Jared Loughner be well, happy, safe, and harmonious
May he be protected from harm and free from suffering.
May he experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.

May all persons who suffer from or cause harm, poverty, injustice, and oppression be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May they be protected from harm and free from suffering.
May they experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.

May all beings be well, happy, safe, and harmonious.
May they be protected from harm and free from suffering.
May all beings experience lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and peace.
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*Charlie Day invited the Des Moines Meditation and Mindfulness Group to participate in this Lovingkindness and Compassion Meditation at its weekly meeting following the tragic shooting in Tucson, AR, January 8, 2011. Please feel free to use and share this meditation. As with any lovingkindness and compassion meditation, you may modify it by using any preferred words or phrases.

In Buddhism the primary purpose of these meditations is to strengthen our own innate capacity to experience lovingkindness and compassion for ourselves and for everyone else, including those we judge to be enemies, remembering that those who cause suffering would probably not do so if they themselves were free of suffering.

Charlie can be contacted at charlesday1@mchsi.com, 515-255-8318, or www.desmoinesmeditation.org.

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