Last night I taught a class on the concept of Mudita — appreciative joy.
Meditation can be so much more than just a relaxing way to spend a few minutes. It’s literally mind training. We can spend time cultivating more healthy mind-states.
In this time we are living in, the mind-states of competition and comparison are rampant. On this platform- you are probably practicing competition and comparison and may not even realize it.
Wherever we place our attention, that is also where we create intention. Sometimes we have a conscious intention, but most of the time, we are not conscious of it.
If you want to start mind training. Just begin by becoming aware of where you are placing your attention.
Then, you become more intentional about where you are placing your attention. In doing so, you can start to cultivate mind-states that are healthier. Gratitude. Compassion. Joy.
If you feel frustrated by thoughts of comparison and jealousy, mudita is the counter-balance. By cultivating appreciative joy we can spend more time in a state of gratitude for our lives.
If you are interested in cultivating mudita, it’s as simple as setting an intention to notice joy. Today, notice when you are feeling joy and notice if someone else is feeling joy. Simply pause, and allow the joy to be the object of your attention.