Loving Kindness Meditation
There’s a brief description of this exercise here.
It’s always dangerous to assume that I’ll get to an exercise “later.” My brain believes, chronically, in the idea of little bits of free time scattered throughout my day. Occasionally such bits actually materialize, which just encourages the delusion that they’re common.
In any case, I ended up doing this meditation while sitting in my parked car, waiting to take my sons home from school. This was not an ideal setting — I can’t pretend that my focus was as good as if I’d been sitting in a quiet room. But to my surprise it also wasn’t the worst setting, and it put me in an excellent mood for greeting my sons and driving home.