One of the most important purposes of meditation is to create a state of joy in the individuals who practice it. There are many paths to this goal, but the starting point for all is to be receptive to beneficial moral influences.
Since meditation is closely associated with the rituals of prayer and absolution, a religious building makes a good place for it. It should really be practiced at the same time each day, morning or evening.
- I shall purge myself of bad thoughts and habits such as selfishness and greed.
- I shall show compassion for all those who are suffering.
- The happiness of others is a source of pleasure to me.
- May I show gratitude for all the good things in my life.