Sunday, May 16
Sunday Morning Sitting, Part One
After the morning's endorphin therapy, sat for about 30 minutes doing metta with directional pervasion. I really like directional pervasion because
- It's the only method for cultivating metta found in the suttas -- the standard method, breaking down the barriers, is only to be found in the commentaries
- It works really well
- It can be done in internal silence, without a lot of discursive thinking
- It puts the emphasis where it belongs: on the feeling of metta in the heart, rather than on the words
But then again, I still like the "breaking down the barriers" method at times, so I guess it's a case of "whatever works."
This was part one of the sit because I had to go and fill out the menu for our Sunday brunch, so I'm planning to resume the meditation momentarily. A lovely warm glow still resides in the center of my chest, and I can tell joy is nearby.