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Hanne
15:04
hello from Ccopnhagen
Marika Mason
15:27
morning from Sutton
iPhone michelle
15:51
morning
Lucy
23:36
yes please!
Ellie
23:46
yes please too!
Sue Wheat
55:14
Thank you!
Tamsin
55:23
That was lovely
Tim Robinson
55:45
Thankyou
anna
55:59
Thank you!
Sue Wheat
55:59
Q. I often end up catastrophising. Is that common and how do I stop it?
Hazel Wallace-Williams
56:01
thank you
Aoife’s iPad
56:01
I notice at the enemy stage my mind does all it can to distract me
Ana Cristina
56:02
beautiful poem what is it called?
Lisa C
56:03
Wonderful. Thank you. I really resonated with the poem - it helped me to embody the notion of change, beauty in the buds and letting go.
Petras iPhone
56:04
thank you!
iPod touch
56:10
Q where is lovely poem from?
iPhone michelle
56:11
Thks was lovely
Matthew Johnstone
56:13
my experience and a question or 2...
Sonia
56:24
Thanks you it was lovely!
Hellen
56:26
loved the tree poem
Mariella Stewart
56:28
i really prefer the Metta pleased you are feeling a little better i can tell
Eugene Ellis
56:37
I thought the poem was very apt. Thanks and good morning.
Ana Cristina
56:42
Q: beautiful poem what is it called?
Katharine’s iPhone
56:43
thank you. that was great. found the guidance to return to being present really helpful before stage 4
Jo King
56:45
Very insightful thank you 🙏
Bryony Hewer
56:47
Q- if you decide on a “better” person for a certain category/part should you try and block that out or include them?
Janet’s iPad
56:52
found that very helpful. a deep sense of peace and joy.
Rohana Reading
56:55
Q This morning I realised that as soon as I achieved a well wishing feeling towards others I concurrently felt a burden of responsibility to make that happen for them. I know intellectually that isn't the case but still feel it on my shoulders. I guess recognising this is helpful but are there any good ways that I should be processing this?
Anne Sophia Hendy
56:56
Q: why are we not allowing ourselves to dislike someone, surely that is part of human nature?
Ana Cristina
56:56
very beautiful!
Caitlin Goodale
56:57
for some reason I find the metta bhavna meditation much easier to stay focused. perhaps because my mind has something to visualise?
Izzy S
57:01
Q Could you please post all the poems from this week on the slack? I have been really enjoying them all!
Althea
57:03
Thank you
Jasber Singh
57:06
q) I enjoy a lot more the metabhavana more so than mindful breathing. I’m curious, is that common and should I be more focused on the mindfulness of breathing.
Christine Hendry
57:07
Thank you that was much better for me today, appreciated your words
Vanessa Mead
57:27
I chose a different person for stage 4 and found it very difficult running through old wounds in my mind whilst trying to wish them well. beautiful poem.
pamela in south london
57:37
i found myself feeling tired and sleepy in the enemy stage
Jus Marl
57:38
Q when thinking of the person disliked, I kept finding myself feeling pity for him and imagining myself in his head. I don't think that is really constructive, is it?
Ellie
57:45
I enjoyed that a lot - thank you. I did find it quite hard to keep happy and feel peace when I was thinking about the person I find difficult. I felt it took me out of my peace
Anne Sophia Hendy
57:54
Q: is it okay that someone who was previously in the enemy stage is now in the stage with someone we are ambivalent about?
Caroline Wilson
58:03
Q: There aren't many people I don't like. However, yesterday someone I have found very difficult, but not seen for a very long time, sent me a disturbing message on social media. I wondered if practising Metta Bhavana had brought her actively back into my life.
Allison Boydell
58:11
find it hard to concentrate on just one person Is it wrong to allow more than one in each stage
Iwona Lokwenc
58:16
Q: I noticed I started to engage in conversation with the people I brought to mind. is it a distraction from sensation?
Janet’s iPad
58:17
an aversion is painful for the person feeling it
Lea Weber-Schäfer (she/her)
58:18
Q During the first stage I today suddenly was drawing a comparison to meditating with affirmations. But probably this a total different and way more self centered approach or do you see similarities?
Bahaar Massouleh
58:20
thank you
Ruth Evans
58:36
Q I'm struggling to find a person I dislike; do I skip that stage?
Eleanor Ryan
58:37
Q. This morning I found it difficult to bring anyone clearly to mind, even myself. I haven’t experienced this vagueness before in this meditation practice and I wondered what might be going on?
Britt!
58:57
Thank you
pamela in south london
59:35
my friend often falls asleep on the train after we have had a hike. i found it useful to picture her sleeping
Ana Cristina
59:46
Q: I have a very hard time wishing well to someone Machiavellian and that i don’t see kindness in them. What is a technique to overcome this difficulty ?
Dorna
01:00:32
Thank you and Good morning to everyone
Katie Clark, London
01:00:49
I managed to do this without any guidance today! I accidentally left the class just as the meditation started! I wasnt let back in until it had finished but it turned out to be useful.
Bryony Hewer
01:02:29
Thank you
Matthew Johnstone
01:03:08
found my stage relatively easy after what you said at the beginning. the friend stage I kept thinking of my 3 closest friends and couldn't focus on any individual, then my brothers came into it as I reached out to them this morning.one in particular as I don't speak to his as often but that felt really ice when I could focus on him. then the neutral kept changing between 3 or 4 people until near the end of that stage, then the difficult person was easy to focus on but my body felt cold, you said to bring warmth from our own experience and that helped. then the 5th stage was an unbelievable experience where I went across the globe country to country from the skies sprinkling this magic dust of love over every country, seeing so much detail an different cultures, then I went to the past and then into the future. I wish I could explain in more detail, but id be here all day
Mici
01:04:05
Thank you so much.
Gurpal Bansal
01:04:07
Thank you for this mornings meditation and guidance through the practice . I felt a very warm glow and heat surge through my body today , tingling feeling in my hands and feet and my breathing seemed to be more deeper but soft without concentrating and focusing to hard . I found it easier to let go today , some days are easier some are harder but I guess it’s just like day to day life and tunning in will take some time . 🙏🏽
Garrett's iPad
01:07:54
thank you
Thea Gordon-Rawlings
01:08:59
It's really interesting to hear about "sentimental pity" - it reminds me of an uncomfortable feeling I've experienced which can sometimes involve a bit of a projection or some assumption and never feels quite right. Very enlightening. Thank you.
Jus Marl
01:09:28
Yes that's spot on... More move toward compassion. Thank you. Plenty to consider there.
Sansel
01:09:34
q: my heart really opened in the final stage where all 4 people came together. is this usual?
Mneesha Sahota
01:09:39
Q - i find it hard to stay focused on the neutral person since I don't know anything about them so find myself going through the sayings "may you be well etc" quite quickly then being left to think or feel nothing and get distracted. Am i supposed to feel anything towards them?
Simon A
01:10:18
thank you
Iwona Lokwenc
01:10:24
thank you
Sabrina
01:11:25
Thank you all. x
debbiemurphy
01:11:29
I found the guidance that remembering that persons lie will end was fantastic for bringing immediate sensitivity to someone I find it challenging to feel sensitive towards. Thanks. Not heard that suggestion before and very enlightening.
debbiemurphy
01:11:38
Life will end!!
Anna Doran
01:11:51
I remember Sraddhagita described someone in the fourth stage as someone you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a capsule of the London Eye with! I found this really helpful because you don’t necessarily dislike them as such
danshepherd
01:11:54
thank you.
Jennie she/her
01:11:57
thank you, am so enjoying this week
Aoife Dempsey
01:11:58
Thank you - this morning really helped me settle into the practice and the discussion about how to manage the "difficult person" part was really enlightening. Have a lovely day!
Hellen
01:12:12
Q you mentioned four sections of the meta prism and told us of one compassion - what are the other two?
Hellen
01:12:19
thank you
harpreet
01:12:53
I too would like to hear some advice to Ana’s question earlier….. “Q: I have a very hard time wishing well to someone Machiavellian and that i don’t see kindness in them. What is a technique to overcome this difficulty ?”
Debs C
01:13:10
thanks so much for. today..
Trudi
01:13:42
Thank you very much Prajnamanas and Oscar. You have a great way of explaining things and today, how you lead us in really helped me to settle in and, be alert for all stages. I really enjoy listening to all you share. :)
danshepherd
01:13:42
Q; do you find that poor sleep and a sense of fatigue exacerbates the mind’s tendency to be distracted during this meditation?
Ana Cristina
01:14:20
Q: when I don’t like someone I prefer to block them away from my mind. they do come to my mind though. however I feel it’s counterproductive to make an effort to bring them into my mind on purpose. I’m sure there’s
Jools Connell
01:14:24
Thank you for today
Marika Mason
01:14:26
thanks for today’s session.
Sue Bishop
01:14:39
Thank for a peaceful meditation and for sharing your experience and wisdom
Jonno
01:14:43
Thanks very much
Renee
01:14:46
Q I find on some days my direct experience feels uncomfortable (e.g. I can feel my heart beating quickly, tension in the body), perhaps as I’m feeling anxious. I can get really caught up in this and feeling any metta can be hard. I’m trying to be kind and patient with myself as much as I can. If I can’t really ‘feel’ the metta, is it enough to imagine it and hope it comes?
Silvia Ms
01:14:52
Thank you very much, have all a lovely morning!
Caroline Wilson
01:15:14
Thank you so much. A beautiful meditation. xxx
Victoria's iPhone
01:15:15
Thank you for today! 🙏🏼
Connor Hourigan-Rae
01:15:18
Thank you for a great morning. Have a nice day.
Ana Cristina
01:15:54
I’m sure there’s a good reason to bring someone you don’t like into mind. But I feel bad about bringing them to mind. thank you for all the meditation btw 😊
Hanne
01:16:00
thank you from Copenhagen
Debs C
01:16:06
thanks so much for today.. find everything so interesting and all the explanations fascinating. The poem was beautiful too. I got emotional a few times.. when I thought of my friend and in the second reading of the poem. Sorry I was so fidgety today.. I have a back problem this week that I am working through it. It is a challenge to sit in any way right now. blessings to you all and have a beautiful day xxx
Sansel
01:16:43
q: when choosing the 4th person, I chose someone I like, but doesn't like me! I feel they have misunderstood my intentions & interactions with them, & unfairly view me as a "difficult" person. so is it the right approach to wish them well as my 4th person?
Lisa C
01:17:32
Q. I agree with all the appreciative comments of your teaching. I find I “make progress” through your eloquent, considered words. My question is : are you doing any courses I could join?
anna
01:18:45
What if you associate the friends equally with feelings of love and difficulty, sometimes also aversion? And most people don’t seem to belong to just any one category?
Anne's iPad
01:18:47
Really enjoying your teaching 🙏
Jus Marl
01:19:57
Just realised you haven't sneezed today. Glad you're feeling better.
Ruth Evans
01:20:57
Thanks for the meditation today; have a beautiful day, everyone. See you all tomorrow.
Ivana Bajer
01:21:54
thank you for today!
Mneesha Sahota
01:22:46
that's great, thank you so much!
Eleanor Ryan
01:23:03
Really interesting discussion, thank you. Much to think about.
debbiemurphy
01:23:34
Lovely poem by Rolf Jacobsen re sleep Pranjamanas. Wirth checking out
Ana Cristina
01:23:37
thank you agrees ☝️
Sophie Harris-Greenslade
01:23:50
Thank you so much! Have a lovely day everyone x
Zoom user Jane Lord
01:24:14
thank you so much have a lovely day
Alison Johnson
01:24:33
thank you very much
Ana Cristina
01:25:52
sounds lovely!
London Buddhist Centre Online
01:25:59
Here's the link: https://londonbuddhistcentre.com/life-with-full-attention/
Ana Cristina
01:26:00
yes
Ana Cristina
01:26:09
thank you!
Sue Wheat
01:26:17
I've done it and it's very good.
London Buddhist Centre Online
01:26:28
If you have missed any of meditation sessions, you can catch up here https://londonbuddhistcentre.com/resources-catching-up/
Zoom user Jane Lord
01:26:30
thank you i have been thinking about what happens next
Carmen Luippold
01:26:43
i really appreciate your food for thougth Prajnamanas. good impulses which open new views and approaches for the meditation - especially for me as a beginner. have a lovely day wherever you are everyone
Alison Johnson
01:26:47
can someone do that course who hasn’t done this one ?
Ana Cristina
01:26:50
see you tomorrow! thank you 🙏
Renee
01:27:01
Thanks :-)