Love is a value, an emotion, a state, and a way of communication. It is expressed in thousands of ways, universally across cultures. The WaterPrayer meditation on Love does not focus on romantic love, but rather on the unconditional love that requires us to appreciate and celebrate the world and people around us.
This type of love is visible in many religions around the world. In Christianity, it is called agapé love. In Buddhism it is Advesa. In Islam, the Prophen Muhammed is reported to have said, “You will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another.” Hinduism teaches prema is ‘elevated love,’ requiring giving up selfishness and not expecting something in return. Judaism teaches terms such as chen (grace, good will, kindness) and chesed (kindness, love). (More here.)
The experience of Love in meditation is built upon Trust, the ability to see ourselves as safe, and Acceptance, the state of being nonjudgmental about events and conditions. It is not ‘blind love,’ in the sense that we overlook things we may not like. It is a way to manifest the generosity of feeling we are all capable of, without expecting anything in return.
To use the Love WaterPrayer glass for meditation, follow these simple steps:
- Find a place where you can sit comfortably, relaxed and without interruption (turn off those cell phones!)
- Fill the Love glass with good, filtered, clean water, as free of contaminants as your situation permits. Place it on a table in front of you or hold it in your hands.
- Sit with your back supported and your feet flat on the ground.
- Hold the glass. Close your eyes. Hold the idea of Love in your heart.
- Do not try to think about anything. Let any thoughts that come into your consciousness simply flow; don’t challenge anything as being right or wrong.
- Let your breathing become slowed, regular, and deep, using your diaphragm (‘belly breathing’).
- Simply let things ‘be,’ and if you have thoughts or emotions that cause you to feel either sadness, joy, or anything in between, simply feel what is there. Do not try to think it through, dismiss, or embrace it.
- When you reach a point where you can feel the experience of Love, you can open your eyes and let go of the glass.
- Lastly, drink the water in the Acceptance glass. Make a statement that is your own version of something like this: “I am capable of experiencing more Love for things and people around me, and I know that I have the strength to bring more Trust, Acceptance, Love and Understanding into my life.”
That’s it! You’re done. Meditating on a regular basis is proven to have many health benefits, and meditating on Love before you move to using the WaterPrayer Understanding glass is an important step.
Ready for the next step, meditating on Understanding? Please click here.