Meditation Aspiration

Setting one’s intention – When beginning meditation, once seated and comfortable, one sets their intention/motivation in order to generate inspiration, appreciation, openness, and a joyous effort. This is accomplished through reflecting on the preciousness of life and the vast opportunities which that allows. The first three lines of this aspiration pertain to cultivating a proper appreciation, whereas the last four lines pertain to cultivating a proper intention. This aspiration was created with all meditators in mind regardless of tradition, spiritual belief, or lack of belief.

Meditation aspiration
With a deep appreciation for this precious life and a resolve not to waste it,
I now engage in meditation.
With a deep conviction in the vast benefits and importance of this practice,
I now engage in meditation.
With the wish to develop myself and uncover my full potential,
I now engage in meditation.
With the wish to gain mastery over my mind and emotions,
I now engage in meditation.
With the wish to free myself from ignorance, delusions, and afflictions,
I now engage in meditation.
With the wish to bring peace, contentment, and genuine happiness to my life,
I now engage in meditation.
With a mature resolve to persevere in spite of any obstacles that might arise,
I now engage in meditation.
~ Tenzin Tharpa

* The repeating line “I now engage in meditation“, can be replaced with other phrases pertaining to other practices. E.g., “I now engage in mindfulness“, “I now engage in contemplation“, “I now engage in study“. Additionally, it can be used as a morning aspiration by using the phrase “I follow the Buddha’s teachings“.

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