There is no rush to healing. To avoid getting lost in aversion we approach pain slowly and with an open mind. Curiosity allows us to welcome what is there, one step at a time. By receiving each sensation with loving kindness, we can feel compassion with our suffering.
This guided meditation was written in 1991 by Stephen Levine.
Thanks to (c) Ondrea Levine, and to Dale Borglum. www.livingdying.org
The pause between the in- and the out-breath is a moment of silence and calm. It suspends the thinking and doing mode, allowing us to just be and to restore our energy. Calming and clearing your mind enables you to approach the task at hand with ease and freshness.
This guided meditation will ease your mind and body into the peace of “just being”. By encouraging deep relaxation through mindfulness, you can step out of the busy doing mode. Relaxing into the here and now allows a mindful sense of your authentic self to arise.
Mindful eating means connecting with your senses. Without distraction we enjoy more intensely. We will touch, smell and taste a piece of chocolate at length. Notice that whenever you are caught in thoughts or memories, the taste disappears. Welcome the distraction, and return to tasting. Enjoy!
Our true nature is love. However, usually at an early age, some thing happened that caused us to feel inadequate and lonely. Naming and judging separated us from the truth of who we are, making us feel fearful. By surrendering, we can understand that we are the love we are looking for.
Emotional pain blocks our compassion. To escape these feelings we flee into distraction. In order to open ourselves, we must become aware not only of our vulnerability, but also of our goodness of heart. Trust arises when we trust ourselves. This is also the key to our love, to being connected with others, to creativity and to trusting others.