Because worried mind:
makes us troubled
prevents us from
functioning at our best
ruins our health
brings problems with
family and at the
So it is a problem. And if we see
it as a problem, out goal is to get
rid of state of a worried mind.
We might be completely fed up
and disgusted with a state of
«Enough, already. I’ve got to get
out of this situation. I’ve got to do
something about it»
It is unrealistic to
think that meditation
alone will solve all
Meditation is a tool;
it’s a method.
And of course
also be used to
build up a
negative state of
I could meditate on how terrible
my enemy is.
I could use meditation to
which then causes me to seek
and and to kill my enemy.
But that’s not how
something you do
just with your mind
not with your body
not just to be able to generate that
state of mind while sitting quietly in
meditation, but to build up this
positive state so thoroughly that it
becomes a habit, that we can apply
whenever we need it, at any time
during the day.
Ultimately to make it something
natural that is there all the time: we
are more loving, understanding,
focused, and calm.
we ﬁnd ourselves losing our tempers with
we immediately notice it and remind
ourselves, either consciously or
“I don’t want to be like that!”
then we close this “session” of bad
temper and regenerate our attitude into
one of love toward the person.
to be more loving, we
need to have some
understanding of why
we need to be more
You are a human being just like I am
You have feelings just as I do
You want to be liked and not ignored or
disliked – the same as I do
We’re all here together on this planet
and we need to get along with each
We think about it until we
understand it and it makes
sense to us.
And then, while sitting quietly
in meditation, while
imagining other people
around us, either people that
we know or strangers,
we try to generate the state of
mind of love and compassion.