In Greek mythology the beautiful princess Ariadne saves Theseus on the island of Crete by guiding him out of a labyrinth with a thread. When he abandons her, she transforms herself and ends up marrying the God Dionysos. This story is about heart- break, true love and trust in relationships. And, when things turn sour, whether we should continue holding on to what is lost or let go?
In this meditation we aim to get in touch with and appreciate the life force of our inner child.
By accepting all of its aspects, both positive and negative, we can appreciate and love ourselves.
However, as there is always more than one way of looking at an experience, we want to reinterpret the negative aspects positively.
It can help us to dissolve the relationships with those that are not good for us.
The great heroine of Greek mythology is Psyche, whose name means „soul“. The Latin writer Lucius Apuleius told her story in the novel „The Golden Ass“. Her challenging adventures and her marriage to Cupid, the God of Love, is a relationship that begins in darkness and ends in joy.
Criticism can be constructive. In comparison, however, the judgemental voice of the inner critic condemns everything we do. What ever happened becomes a personal fault or a failure. Believing this voice ensnares us and is depressing, separating us from the people we love. By changing the perspective from the narrow thinking mind to wide open consciousness, self-criticism can no longer affect us. Instead of seeing the world and ourselves full of flaws, we can appreciate life and feel connected to everything.
Loving starts by accepting ourselves as we are, including our suffering and our happiness at the same time. Taking care of ourselves, gives us the self-confidence to share our love and light with others, and welcome them sharing theirs with us. This is a powerful way to increase peace, happiness and healing in us and in the world.
Grief is a natural reaction of the heart to loss. By allowing ourselves to be touched by the pain of grief, we deeply touch deep the vulnerability in our hearts. The deeper the love was, the greater the grief. In this meditation, we welcome them both. To help heal the suffering, we lovingly open our hearts, feeling compassion for ourselves and all beings.
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