Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Being Blog - Lovingkindness (Metta) Meditation with Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein speaks with Krista Tippet

Nice video from the Being Blog.
Lovingkindness (Metta) Meditation with Sylvia Boorstein

In mid-February, we partnered with WDET to hold a live event in a quaint suburban village outside of Detroit. The topic: raising children in complex times.

Krista’s conversation with Sylvia Boorstein was rolling along quite nicely — stories were being told, approaches to child-rearing were being shared — when somewhat unexpectedly, Boorstein (a Jewish Buddhist teacher at Split Rock in northern California) offered to lead a lovingkindness, or metta, meditation for a crowd of more than 300 folks.

With that size of a crowd who hadn’t necessarily attended for a mindfulness retreat, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What resulted was a magical experience in which the audience fully participated in this impromptu moment of reflection.

If you’re game, we’d like you to use this as a guided meditation. As a producer, one’s never certain if an impromptu experience like this works because it was part of a particular time or if it translates into a fruitful experience for others online. What do you think?

Photo by Trent Gilliss

Lovingkindness (Metta) Meditation with Sylvia Boorstein from On Being on Vimeo.

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