How to meditate on a Virtue

Virtues  are really spiritual qualities. They’re our spiritual possibilities
– already within us as spiritual potentials, the seeds of our soul.
Yet in order to be actualized, they have to be realized & developed.


Suggested meditation steps:
( Meditation-on-virtues can be very simple, so we don’t want to complicate it.
But if you read these suggestions before meditating, and you do this a few times,
then your meditation will not be complicated yet will be more effective )

This kind of meditation can be just 5-10 minutes.
Meditation requires focus, but also a relaxed and open-minded attitude.

Imagine the virtue in oneself – in action or being expressed.
—   imagine how to be this, and how to express this
—   imagine how this feels

Describe the virtue. Ask questions and think about
—   how is this virtue expressed?
—   what are some attributes of this virtue?
—   what is special about this virtue?
—   what are some positive effects of this virtue?

Become the virtue.
—   Visualise being and expressing the virtue
—   Feel that you are this virtue
—   Affirm that you will express & manifest this virtue


Don’t expect a complete understanding about a virtue in just one meditation.
In each meditation practice, you might have just a few insights, and that’s great. You might realize somethings one day and other things the next day. In one meditation period you might just do one or two parts of these suggestions,
or just ask one or two of the questions, then in the next meditation session you might consider other questions. In other words, it’s not necessary to do all
of these suggestions in each and every meditation. No expectations, no pressure, no judgment. Every meditation time will bring its own unique success.


Here is an additional meditation practice:
* Visualise walking up a sacred mountain.
* Stand on top and open your arms to the sun.
* Imagine the virtue quality streaming from the sun into your being.
* Breathe-in the Virtue with three fully conscious breaths.
* Then with three conscious breaths, breathe-out and radiate-out
    this Quality to the whole world.


Here is an example of the meditation.
Any virtue could be applied, but let’s use kindness as an example.

Imagine kindness in oneself – in action or being expressed.
—   imagine how to be kindness, and how to express kindness
—   imagine how kindness feels, or what is the feeling of kindness?

Describe kindness. Ask questions and think about
—   how is kindness expressed?
—   what are some attributes of kindness?
—   what is special about kindness?
—   what are some positive effects of kindness?

Become kindness.
—   Visualise being and expressing kindness
—   Feel that you are kindness
—   Affirm that you will express & manifest kindness


Here is one more example — peacefulness

Imagine peacefulness in oneself – in action or being expressed.
—   imagine how to be peaceful, and how to express peacefulness
—   imagine how peacefulness feels, or what is the feeling of peacefulness?

Describe peacefulness. Ask questions and think about
—   how is peacefulness expressed?
—   what are some attributes of peacefulness?
—   what is special about peacefulness?
—   what are some positive effects of peacefulness?

Become peaceful.
—   Visualise being and expressing peacefulness
—   Feel that you are peaceful
—   Affirm that you will express & manifest peacefulness