Well….the ongoing experiment of looking at everything I do as an experiment is working out well. Not blogging for a while was refreshing. Being able to see what’s happening to me, how I relate to it, and the feelings it generates, both physically and emotionally, has enabled me to make logical behavioral choices which promote well-being. I strongly believe that one can enhance one’s own sense of well-being. Not necessarily by the use of alcohol or drugs (although a good strong bong hit sure helps once in a while), but rather with a positive attitude and loving-kindness.
Buddhist loving-kindness meditation is a trip. Not only does one generate and wish loving-kindness towards themselves (got to love yourself before ya can love others), but outwardly to all beings: family, friends, neighbors, difficult people, people in your city, country and the whole world. You can also wish well-being and loving-kindness to everything that flies in the sky (military drones excepted, unless you wish they were dropping love-bombs on all our enemies), crawls on the ground, or swims in the sea. All ya gotta do is repeat a silent mental mantra: May so and so be filled with loving-kindness, may they be well, may they be happy etc.
What’s weird is: when you’re busy wishing everyone you come in contact with peace, happiness and well-being, ya (I) don’t get wrapped up in your “Self”. So, I find myself not as tormented with a lot of thinking, and playing endless loops of my life, likes and dislikes, regrets and all that stuff. That’s sure a relief.
May you be filled with Loving-kindness
May you be well
May you be peaceful and at ease
May you be happy.