A little pre-meditation prayer that I devised

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A little pre-meditation prayer that I devised

Postby Laurens » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:13 pm

Hello

I often found that though I meditate daily sometimes it becomes too much like a habit, something that I just do automatically and because of this my meditation seemed to lack purpose and I often found it frustrating sometimes.

I realised that probably the problem was that I didn't think too much about why I was doing meditation in the first place, and the reason that I was getting frustrated with the technique was because I had little faith in its effectiveness, so I devised the following little prayer to recite before I begin my meditation.

I practice in order to develop morality, concentration and wisdom,
I practice in order to abandon greed, hatred and delusion,
Though my senses may distract me, I have faith that this meditation will bring me beyond the hindrances if I pursue it with great effort,
May all beings be well, happy and free from suffering


I thought I would like to share it to see what you folks think.

Comments, additions and corrections welcome.

All the best
Laurens
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Re: A little pre-meditation prayer that I devised

Postby Ben » Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:41 pm

It looks good laurens
Its important to reflect on why it is that we are practicing.
All the best with your practice.
Kind regards

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Re: A little pre-meditation prayer that I devised

Postby catmoon » Sat Dec 05, 2009 2:36 am

I like it!

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Re: A little pre-meditation prayer that I devised

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:17 am

Laurens wrote:I practice in order to develop morality, concentration and wisdom,
I practice in order to abandon greed, hatred and delusion,
Though my senses may distract me, I have faith that this meditation will bring me beyond the hindrances if I pursue it with great effort,
May all beings be well, happy and free from suffering


I thought I would like to share it to see what you folks think.
Comments, additions and corrections welcome.


:twothumbsup: Many people do metta meditation / prayers before the sitting meditation, but your prayer includes the motivation factor, so looks great!

Many people beat themselves up over not meditating "good enough" so I do a metta meditation and then remind myself that if I am just a little relaxed at the end of the sitting session, then that is good enough, no attainments need to be put into the expectations.


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