LOVING-KINDNESS IN A WEARY WORLD

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When the world seems to be going mad, when innocents are slaughtered, lives devastated, and the media is full of more pundits than questions, I often don’t know what to do other than turning to meditation, prayer, my visual journal, the Psalms, and yoga.

It’s not that I’m trying to block the world out, but fixing my attention on social media, or broadcast media, even NPR, does nothing to assuage my sense of outrage, fear, and hopelessness. The media keeps reminding me of other acts of random violence, those acts committed against others and those against myself. All of this triggers anxiety and fear.

Does it do so for you as well?

But mostly, fixating on the news does nothing to help me move into a compassionate and mindful heart. And this place–compassionate and mindful–is where I want to live because this is where my best, most authentic self can do her best work in this weary world.

One practice I use in times like these is called simply http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=omprare-viagra-generico-200-mg-consegna-rapida-a-Venezia metta, or loving-kindness. comprare viagra generico spedizione veloce a Milano Metta offers meditation with a focus for days when I have difficulty focusing, of quieting my mind. It helps me also to shift my heart from anger into compassion. It helps me move back out into the world with less fear for myself and ,most importantly, for those I deeply love and care about. It helps my heart to open once again.

What is get link metta?

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=siti-sicuri-per-comprare-viagra-generico-25-mg-pagamento-online-a-Roma Metta, in its original Pali language, means follow loving-kindness. The Contemplative Mind goes on to say that metta/loving-kindness is:

unconditional, inclusive love, a love with wisdom. It has no conditions; it does not depend on whether one ‘deserves’ it or not; it is not restricted to friends and family; it extends out from personal categories to include all living things. There are no expectations of anything in return….This practice is the softening of the mind and heart, an opening to deeper and deeper levels of the feelings of kindness, of pure love.

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=comprare-viagra-50-mg-online-generico-a-Venezia Loving-kindness is not a “sentimental feeling of goodwill, not an obligation, but comes from a selfless place.”

And it doesn’t really depend on our relationships with others, ourselves, or how others may feel about us.

How does one practice see metta? It turns out all you need are a few moments.

Here’s the metta practice I used in one of my recent yoga classes which I adapted from Contemplative Mind.

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Sitting comfortably, rest your hands easily on the lap, or bring them to your heart center. Bring your awareness to your heart center, or where you imagine the heart to be. Take a few deep breaths in and out from your heart center. Notice any feelings of self-judgment, self-criticism, self-hatred. See if you can drop below them into a place where we care for ourselves, where we want strength, and health, and safety for ourselves.

From this heart space, repeat to yourself silently or aloud these phrases:

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Next bring into your awareness a person who invites the feeling of pure unconditional loving-kindness, or the love that doesn’t depend on getting anything back. This may be a beloved grandparent, teacher, child. With this person in your mind’s eye, say the following:

go here May you be free from inner and outer harm and danger.

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May you be free of mental suffering or distress.

May you be happy.

Now bring to your mind’s eye someone who is an acquaintance, someone you know but not well…maybe a coworker, the grocery clerk you see every week, a favorite waitress. With this person in your mind’s eye, say the following to them:

May you be free from inner and outer harm and danger.

May you be safe and protected.

May you be free of mental suffering or distress.

May you be happy.

Now bring a stranger to mind. A nameless person, someone you maybe rushed past today on the street, or in traffic. With this person in your mind’s eye, say the following:

May you be free from inner and outer harm and danger.

May you be safe and protected.

May you be free of mental suffering or distress.

May you be happy.

Staying in touch with your heart’s tender loving-kindness, now bring to mind someone you have difficulty with, someone who brings up hostile feelings, resentments, anger. With this person in your mind’s eye, say to them the following:

May you be free from inner and outer harm and danger.

May you be safe and protected.

May you be free of mental suffering or distress.

May you be happy.

If you have trouble with this, you can add, “To the best of my ability I wish that you be…”

Lastly, still connected to your heart’s center, envision all beings in your community, your state, country, hemisphere, broadening out to the entire world. With all beings everywhere in your mind’s eye, say to them:

May all beings be free from inner and outer harm and danger.

May all beings be safe and protected.

May all beings be free of mental suffering or distress.

May all beings be happy.

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I end with extending loving-kindness to you, wherever you are, dear Woman of Wonder.

May you be free from inner and outer harm and danger.

May you be safe and protected.

May you be free of mental suffering or distress.

May you be happy.

On this healing journey with you,

ginny-signature

Healing Arts Facilitator
Founder, Women of Wonder
Thriver after Sexual Trauma

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