As human beings, we all wish for love, happiness, joy, good health, peace, and many others conditions that help us suffer less.
This seeking and wanting is very normal – no one likes to suffer!
However, in most cases, we seek for these experiences of well-being outside of us. Sometimes we look for them to be provided by other people, who like us experience very similar conditions. And other times we look for them in material things, which can only and will only provide some temporary relief but not the lasting peace we really seek.
Rarely do we turn within to see if it is at all possible to find that much-needed sense of inner peace, well-being, and love. Our eyes, ears, mind, and heart are mostly looking and pointing outwards for our source contentment.
With the practice of meditation, we learn how to turn inward and rediscover the source of love, happiness, and peacefulness that was already within us, but that was either forgotten or disconnected from our awareness.
What we wish to have in our lives, and seek outside of us, is and always has been already within us.
All we need to do is learn how to listen again, feel again, find again, and live again based on our own natural inner resources of love, kindness, goodness, generosity, peacefulness and more.
Among these wonderful natural qualities in all of us, love and kindness are perhaps the two most noble and powerful virtues and means to experiencing true joy, fulfillment, and inner peace. And these are also the qualities that we seek in others, and in our relationships, and would like to have present in all realms of life.
Yes, more love and kindness are good for our lives, for the lives of the ones close to us, for the lives of all human beings, and for the world we live in.
There is a wonderful marriage, so to speak, that happens in the process of practicing meditation and mindful living. The marriage is between our growing capacity to be aware, present and mindful, and our wish to experience more love, well-being, joy, peace, and fulfillment.
Combining awareness and intention results in a powerful practice for well-being known as Loving-Kindness practice.
Loving-kindness is a practice dedicated to develop, cultivate and expand a greater sense of kind love, attention, regard, and delivery of wishes and actions toward us and others. It is a practice of befriending ourselves and others, of reconnecting with our lost parts, loving the difficult ones, and reclaiming our wholeness. And in the process, we learn how to experience it for and wish it to others as well.
As the renowned mindfulness teacher Sharon Salzberg put is, “Loving kindness is the spirit of friendship toward yourself and others”.
There could not be a better time than now to learn and apply these practices in our lives and help the lives of others. The world can certainly use more kindness, love, and compassion and so do we.
Every one of us can benefit from this powerful, meaningful and effective practice designed to expand our own experience of self-love and then share it with others in our lives.
Loving-kindness will be the central subject of practice for our upcoming daylong retreat, and as you will see, it involves developing and cultivating a greater sense of kind love, attention, regard, and application toward ourselves and others.
Join us for this daylong retreat dedicated to the cultivation of love, kindness, and compassion for the development of happiness, well-being, and fulfillment in our lives and the lives of others.
Here are the initial details:
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 8:30 – 5:30
Location: Woodhall in Orinda CA
Registration: You can register at the link below or in person at In Forma
For more information feel free to contact Andrea Colombu directly here or call at 925 212 2665