I love meditating while sitting on a public conveyance, such as a plane or a train. In some ways, it’s easy to minimize distractions.
For the past year or so, I’ve been practicing Metta, or Lovingkindness meditation.
I sit up tall, with my feet planted on the floor, close my eyes, and begin to chant. Sitting with eyes closed, folks usually don’t try to interact with you. This is not necessary, but when I’m in public like this, I usually do lower my eyelids to minimize visual distractions,
The mantra can be done for oneself (very important!!) or for another person. Since I noticed that I had defaulted to berating myself in my self-talk, I’ve been doing the mantra A LOT for myself to try to create more love within me, knowing that how I treat myself mirrors the way I treat others.
As a reminder, then, here is what I might chant:
May I live without fear.
May I live in physical health.
May I live in mental health.
May I live a life of ease and abundance.
The transformation has begun! For one thing, I cannot remember the last time I called myself a name such as Stupid, or Idiot. Hopefully, my heart is opening with greater compassion for others as I think of them with less negative language.