Meditation: contemplate love again and again

Garchen Rinpoche has a current series on YouTube on restoring love in one’s mind and therefore in the world. Why restore?

The average human day has many ups and downs, emotions and thoughts, worries and stresses, joys and celebrations. A moment of beauty (a bird or flower) is celebrated; a moment of disappointment is harbored. Something isn’t quite as one wanted, then another thing is. Someone we care for makes us happy in this instance then frustration arises an hour later. Love has come and gone, or been lived through fickleness, or wasn’t love in the first place but called so by the ego. Thus, to restore the mind to a state of love is needed.

Human love also demonstrates through various types of attachment. In order to illustrate this in this session, we begin by looking around the room we are sitting in. (you can do this now.) Without judgement, look at all that is in the room, how it is what you want in the room – maybe for comfort or pleasure or edification or ease. Take your time.

Some things in the room have celebration behind them or joy or fond memories. All of these are attachments (no judgement). Maybe items were purchased in a foreign country and in our mind we thought that to purchase it would help the local people. The item was liked (coveted and celebrated) then a mixture of elitism and empathy arose regarding the local people. Some items in the room are multiple (chairs, tables, pillows, books, photos, and such). What are the many thoughts and emotions that are encapsulated in these items being present in your room? All of this process is another layer of contemplating love.

Is love the mirror through which you are viewing the pandemic or the unrest in America or Hong Kong or Latin America or other parts of the world? Is love the underlying energy in your meditations and talking, walking, cooking, and being through this full moon cycle or any other day? What is love? How many loves are there for human beings? Do other kinds of beings experience love in additional ways?

So much to contemplate. Twenty-four hours a day might not be adequate to do so!

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2 Responses to Meditation: contemplate love again and again

  1. Cheryl Rakestraw says:

    Thank you for this beautiful meditation, Donna

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