Good morning, and welcome to your meditation practice for Day #2!
And what a fine day for this practice it is.
In the book All About Love, cultural critic and all around shero bell hooks mentions that one of the reasons why it may be so difficult to talk about love -- along with sharing love + receiving love -- is that we don't have a mutually agreed upon definition of what love IS.
For every 100 people, we may find ourselves with 100 different definitions and expressions of love.
No wonder it's so easy for the wires to get crossed in translation.
So she does the honors in this gemstone of a book, of proposing a working definition of love; as a means of giving the reader some context going forward.
LOVE : "The will to extend oneself for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth." Lovely, no?
On a similar note, today's practice begins by proposing a working definition for what we're doing on the cushion in meditation, which was laid out by the masterful teacher + Western meditation pioneer, Jon Kabat-Zinn.
It's one part definition, one part pithy instruction manual; and a similarly lovely way of giving our practice a little context.
If you want to skip my introduction and get right to the action, you can forward the video to the 5 minute and 30 second mark.
Just grab a comfortable seat, and perhaps a pen + paper to capture your own insights after meditation, and click the video ABOVE.