What is healing but a Transformation?
When we cease fighting our pain, whatever the nature of the pain may be (emotional, physical) we are able to concentrate on our wholeness. Bringing balance to our physical and mental body through physical yoga, mindfulness-based techniques, meditation or any other conduit of your choice.
We can discover in time that the pain diminishes and concentration and awareness increases. Have you ever been in Shavasana and you experience a transfer of awareness from the physical to a higher state. It is blissful. it is called “the God experience”. The secret in Healing is keeping the body and mind in harmony. Healing becomes a unique and deeply personal experience.
Your meditation practice becomes a way of being. Meditation is not a set of techniques for Healing.
We learn that we are not meditating to make anything go away! The Healing power of mindfulness lies in living each moment as fully as we can! This shift of orientation in awareness has the power to transform everything.
Non-Doing is a powerful form of action. Take time for that!
Remember “There is more Right with you than Wrong with you”
Practice “Loving Kindness Meditation” regularly. It will have a remarkable Softening Effect on the Heart. It will Help You be kinder to yourself and others. It will not allow your heart to close down and become lost.
Kindness, Compassion, and Wisdom can be integrated into the process of Healing allowing Transformation into your life.
Brief Instructions for Loving-Kindness Meditation
To practice loving-kindness meditation, sit in a comfortable and relaxed manner. Take two or three deep breaths with slow, long and complete exhalations. Let go of any concerns or preoccupations. For a few minutes, feel or imagine the breath moving through the center of your chest – in the area of your heart.
Metta is first practiced toward oneself, since we often have difficulty loving others without first loving ourselves. Sitting quietly, mentally repeat, slowly and steadily, the following or similar phrases:
May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease.
While you say these phrases, allow yourself to sink into the intentions they express. Loving-kindness meditation consists primarily of connecting to the intention of wishing ourselves or others happiness. However, if feelings of warmth, friendliness, or love arise in the body or mind, connect to them, allowing them to grow as you repeat the phrases. As an aid to the meditation, you might hold an image of yourself in your mind’s eye. This helps reinforce the intentions expressed in the phrases.
After a period of directing loving-kindness toward yourself, bring to mind a friend or someone in your life who has deeply cared for you. Then slowly repeat phrases of loving-kindness toward them:
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.
As you say these phrases, again sink into their intention or heartfelt meaning. And, if any feelings of loving-kindness arise, connect the feelings with the phrases so that the feelings may become stronger as you repeat the words.
As you continue the meditation, you can bring to mind other friends, neighbors, acquaintances, strangers, animals, and finally people with whom you have difficulty. You can either use the same phrases, repeating them again and again, or make up phrases that better represent the loving-kindness you feel toward these beings. In addition to simple and perhaps personal and creative forms of metta practice, there is a classic and systematic approach to metta as an intensive meditation practice. Because the classic meditation is fairly elaborate, it is usually undertaken during periods of intensive metta practice on retreat.
Sometimes during loving-kindness meditation, seemingly opposite feelings such as anger, grief, or sadness may arise. Take these to be signs that your heart is softening, revealing what is held there. You can either shift to mindfulness practice or you can—with whatever patience, acceptance, and kindness you can muster for such feelings—direct loving-kindness toward them. Above all, remember that there is no need to judge yourself for having these feelings.
May 7, 2018 at 3:23 am
You’re absolutely right! Meditation is not a kind of escapism, a flight from all emotions, but full acceptance of those arising. Connecting with everything that exists, including all these feelings. And it’s a beautiful way to cultivate loving kindness, as you describe. Thank you, om shanti!
May 9, 2018 at 10:37 pm
May 7, 2018 at 3:04 pm
Love this blogpost about loving kindness meditation. Its so true about being in the moment to heal and be open. Loved this. Thanks so much ❤️🙏🙏
May 9, 2018 at 3:19 pm
Thank You !
June 3, 2018 at 3:25 am
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