Mindfulness From The Heart: Loving-Kindness Meditation1 Comment August 23, 2012 / Posted in Mindfulness
We are conditioned by our beliefs. And our thoughts condition us to what we believe. I have enjoyed sharing the saying Marvette Saucer shared with me. She quietly said: “If you want to live your dream; and jolted me as she shouted: “WAKE UP.”
Karen Sothers guides many on the journey to calm one’s restless heart. Through yoga, through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) she has helped people wake up and calm the emotional wake they have left in their own lives and the lives of their families, friends and fellow workers.
Here is a short meditation to help.
by Karen Sothers
Have you ever felt annoyed by traffic, frustrated by people at work or disappointed by a friend or family member? If you are having a lot of stressful experiences, you are probably doing a lot of judging and not a lot of loving. It is human nature to focus on the negative and judge others, which can lead to discontentment.
Loving-kindness meditations can help cultivate less judgment and more love and happiness.
During the next two weeks, spend 5 to 10 minutes each day reciting this loving-kindness meditation and notice if it starts to expand your awareness to include more love for yourself and others.
Begin by placing your hands on your heart and repeat the following phrases for yourself
• May I be peaceful and live with ease.
• May I be happy and contribute to the happiness of others.
• May I be free to live and love fully.
Continue by thinking of a loved one for whom you would like to offer a blessing:
• May you be peaceful and live with ease.
• May you be happy and contribute to the happiness if others.
• May you be free to live and love fully.
Now offer a blessing to everyone:
• May all beings everywhere be filled with everlasting peace, happiness and love.”
She has a wonderful CD available: Sacred Pause A series of guided meditations for renewing mind, body and soul.
Karen Sothers has 20 years of experience teaching stress management, yoga and meditation.
She teaches the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine founded by author and cardiologist Dr. Mimi Guarneri and Rauni Prittinen King, founder and president of Holistic & Integrative Medicine Resources Inc.