FindYourMiddleGround explains the purpose of meditation this way:
“We know the outer world of sensations and actions, but our inner world of thoughts and feelings we know very little. The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of, and familiar with, our inner life.”
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A good question to ask this Valentine’s Day.
Just as compassion is the wish that all sentient beings be free of suffering, loving-kindness is the wish that all may enjoy happiness.
As with compassion, when cultivating loving-kindness it is important to start by taking a specific individual as a focus of our meditation, and we then extend the scope of our concern further and further, to eventually encompass and embrace all sentient beings.
Loving kindness is the wish that all may enjoy happiness.
Happiness can be subjective.
Do animals know happiness? We do not know.
Today I saw this picture of a starving polar bear.
What can I do about it?
Besides doing my little bit to avert global warming om a daily basis, there is little I can do for this animal. But I could extend thoughts of loving kindness towards it, perhaps hoping it would find something to eat… or perhaps that death would put it out of its misery. So I did.