Loneliness is like the cancer of the modern world, to parse Mother Teresa. We are not alone. We are all interconnected, interdependent and interwoven -- inter-being, to use venerable Thich Nhat Han's felicitous phrase. We are all alone here together, with all beings, all things great and small, visible and invisible.
In my latest book, Make Me One With Everything, I share the following story which was relayed by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, and illustrates to me the incredible value of inter-meditation in our fragmented, plugged in, tuned-out & cacophonous times.
"If you’ve ever felt ‘at one’ with something—your beloved or your child, a forest trail or a favorite song," shares Lama Surya Das, "then you’ve experienced inter-meditation."
We’re used to thinking of meditation as a solitary activity that occurs solely in our own minds: by turning inward we strive to dissolve obstacles through self-inquiry and find peace through concentration, contemplation, and self-emptying. But inter-meditation (or co-meditation) is the other half of meditation: it’s inclusive and instead of getting rid of things we embrace people, feelings, and events.
After spending several days with His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai in Atlanta, a few years ago, this way of meditating on Him and with Him simply came to me and I eventually wrote it down. May it be beneficial!
CO-MEDITATING WITH THE DALAI LAMA
1) Think clearly of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (looking up to Him)
2) Visualize and image-in Him right before you & with you, eye-to-eye, heart to heart,
And/or look at His picture
3) Remember the splendid Guru-Lama (and his enlightened qualities)
As the Compassionate Buddha
and his pure, clear, warm and simply loving...
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