Meditation is the chance to practice giving ourselves permission to feel exactly what we feel, even when we’re not as okay as we’d like to be. A Mindfulness Practice to Cultivate Nonjudgmental Awareness
Loving Kindness Meditation
May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be held in loving kindness.
May I feel safe and at ease.
May I feel protected from inner and outer harm.
May I be happy.
May I accept myself just as I am.
May I touch deep, natural peace.
May I know the natural joy of being alive.
May I feel true refuge within my own being.
May my heart and mind awaken; May I be free.
by Mary Kullman
Meditation: Intimate Presence
This meditation explores what’s it’s like to be intimately present to your embodied experience in the here and now. You’ll be guided into an inquiry into effortless sensing through a body scan and through a variety of anchors.
Audio (24 minutes)
Encouraging the Departed
From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Instead of distracting the departed with our lamentations, we can send them our blessings. By sending thoughts of love and encouragement to our loved ones, we help them expand into greater luminosity, rather than contract into fear and forgetfulness.
For example, to a person who has suffered through a long, debilitating illness, we can say …
Dear friend, I send you loving supportive thoughts for the journey ahead.
Do not be afraid: It’s a shock to drop the body, but it’s not the end of your existence.
Now that you’ve abandoned your old, worn-out body, go forward to your new life in anticipation of a pain-free, comfortable existence.
Go in trust and peace, knowing that friends and guides will appear to help you through this transition.