Venerable Mudito tells us that "we come first". You can't give love and kindness [metta] to someone else if you don't give love and kindness [meta] to yourself first. If you don't have anything to give, you cannot give. So we must love ourselves first and foremost in our lives, then we are better positioned to give to others.
Venerable Mudito tells us that meditation should be fun, what a blessing to sit and meditate. Venerable then lead us through a 30 minute body contemplation meditation. Look as closely as you can at each and every part of your body. Just focus on relaxing the whole body. This meditation is well suited to both beginner and experienced a like.
After the meditation Venerable Mudito opened to questions. With everyone so relaxed and spaced out that there were no questions, Venerable related his own experience with beginning meditation and how it can be of great benefit to us. From health issues to anxiety meditation, being kind to ourselves, will benefit us and all those around us.
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Bhante Mudito is a monk orginally from Finland who has trained with Ajahn Brahm for many years. In this, one of his first ever public talks, he discusses the role of inspiration in the practice and how to cultivate it.
This talk was recorded by the Buddhist Society of Victoria. You can subscribe to their Youtube channel here.
Venerable Mudito encouraged us to lift our self confidence by looking within, asking if we respect ourselves. Be kind to ourselves and in so doing lift our self confidence.
Venerable then guided us through a 30 minute meditation using our bodies as the focus, totally relaxing us in the process. The mediation was well suited to beginners and intermediates. He then gave a Dharma talk to further encourage us to look inward and boost our self confidence.
During Q&A he explained how he came to be a Monk and why it is so important for us to be kind and respectful to our selves. We look forward to Venerable returning to The Armadale Meditation Group.