When you meditate, think of someone you like and be at peace.
If you make someone you care about unhappy, then you will make yourself unhappy.
The goal of meditation is to help others and this helps you. Begin with someone you like and think that you are meditating for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Small actions are fine. Meditate on the environment then pick something up, for example pick some trash up.
Devotion is the head of the motivation. You need to have devotion to yourself.
You are wonderful you have more capacity and strengths than you think and you have innate goodness. We all are amazing, unique and wonderful.
You all have wisdom within yourself. As you meditate you will go on a path of discovery. There is unlimited discovery within oneself and you should have faith in yourself.
The essence of meditation is awareness which equals non-distraction. The king of meditation is nothing, not concentration, not breathing.
Do not meditate on anything; you cannot block or burn emotions, therefore do not try to block them, but do not follow them either.
If you forget awareness, then you are lost; You forget what you are doing and where you are. Do not get lost because when you get lost you become dull minded.
So do not meditate and do not get lost.
The key point is that you have awareness. if you do not, you are not meditating.
Do you want me to teach you about awareness? If you do, raise your hand. By just raising your hand you are demonstrating awareness. Awareness is part of your basic goodness. We have to recognize our awareness and then awareness becomes an integral part our life. We should have continuous awareness, 24 hours per day.
It is not easy to consciously recognize and maintain your awareness. You are however born with awareness. If you recognize your own awareness then it becomes available to you. It is like recognizing that you have a 5 kg diamond in your possession. We all have this 5 kg diamond but we tend to beg for food; this is because we do not recognize that we have this diamond and that we are actually rich.
Recognize who you are and you will become someone different. By recognizing your diamond, your life will be wonderful, you will be as rich as never before. You cannot escape from awareness it is always there. awareness is pristine, like crystal-clear water or light and space. Pristine water can change through reflections and space can change by clouds. Reflections make it look as if the water changes. Just like our concepts and intellectualizations change our awareness. There are different ways of recognizing and becoming aware of our awareness. One can meditate with or without an object.