I am currently reading "The Meditation Bible" by Madonna Gauding. I highly recommend it!
The book contains dozens of meditations divided up into these categories -
* calming & centring
* being more mindful
* Healing body, mind & spirit
* Get moving
* Love & compassion
* Problem solving
* Manifesting your dreams
* Connecting 2 the divine
The book isn't strictly Buddhist but has a number of meditations inspired by Buddhist teachings. For example -
* Promotes love & compassion
* Includes yourself in your intentions
* Encourages spiritual growth
This meditation is a wonderful antidote to the nightly news. You wish that an immeasurable number of beings have immeasurable love, compassion, joy and equanimity.
The 'Four Immeasurables' is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation. Its purpose is to help you feel more kindness and compassion towards yourself and towards others.
You will need to memorise the following prayer for this meditation:
May all beings have happiness
May all beings be free from suffering
May all beings find joy that has never known suffering
May all beings be free from attachment and hatred
Meditate on the 'Four Immeasurables' on a daily basis.
Memorise the short prayer opposite.
1. Sit on a cushion or chair in your meditation space. Meditate on your breath for five minutes.
2. Recite out loud the first line of the prayer: 'May all beings have happiness'. Feel your intention that all beings have your unconditional love. Include yourself in this wish. Accept them and yourself exactly as they and you are.
3. Move to the second line and say it loud: 'May all beings be free from suffering'. Imagine that you have infinite compassion and wish all beings, including yourself, to be free from suffering of any kind. Bring to mind any form of suffering. It could be someone with cancer or your own suffering from illness or addiction. Feel a great urgency to help them and yourself.
4. Recite the third line: 'May all beings find joy that has never known suffering'. Imagine that all beings have enlightenment, the ultimate spiritual development in Buddhism. Feel the depression of all beings, including yourself, lifting and being eradicated. Imagine they and you are in a blissful, happy, unselfish, enlightened state
5. Recite the fourth line: 'May all beings be free from attachment and hatred'. Imagine that all beings, including yourself, never distinguish between a friend, enemy or stranger, but regard all beings, regardless of who they are, as worthy of love and compassion. Know this equanimity is the basis for the first three wishes - unconditional, altruistic love, compassion and pure joy.
Have a good one!