We can rise above our fears by facing them, not by ignoring them. We can do that because we are not the fear or the thought or the pain, but the one looking at it.
By paying kind attention to what hurts or isn’t helping, we can begin understand those things better. As we understand ourselves better, so we learn to trust ourselves more.
Introspection is the opposite of self-rejection. The loving gaze we grant ourselves will free us and lift everyone else around us.
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The following is a step by step guide to a meditation that can help to grow change and self-love for ourselves.
Sit or Lie Quietly
Once you’ve found a comfortable place to relax, to begin simply bring your attention to the world around you. Listen to the sounds outside the room. Listen to the sounds inside the room. Allow yourself a moment to become aware of all sensations around you: sounds, smells, temperature. Visualise your own body resting on the floor, and become aware of your own physical presence.
Find a Safe Haven
Move inward for a moment and see if you can discover a place of safe haven within. A place where you feel secure, loved, calm. Perhaps there is a person, or a certain place that helps accentuate this feeling of safety and well-being. Spend a moment visualising this place and know that you may return to it at any time during this practice, or indeed at any time during your life, when you need it.
And now bring your awareness back to your body on the floor. Keep as still as possible without building up any stress and notice each part of your body as it is mentioned. Notice if you find this practice easy or difficult. Notice if any specific parts of your body are more difficult to sense. Sense the entirety of your
body all at the same time. Feel your entire physical presence.
Bring you awareness now to your breath. Feel the breath entering into the body through your nostrils, Follow the breath as it moves into chest and abdomen. So, follow the breath as it moves from abdomen, to chest and back through the nostrils. Feel enlivened by the inhale and relaxed by the exhale. Then, Feel each breath as energy, and count your breaths up to 12, and then back down again.
Welcome Your Feelings
Without judging or trying to change anything,
acknowledge any feelings and emotions that are
currently present within you. If you notice something
specific, like tension for example, acknowledge how that feels. Now try to imagine the opposite feeling or emotion.
Witness Your Thoughts
Come back to your breath for a moment. Now notice any thoughts, memories or images that might arise, being totally nonjudgmental about whatever comes up for you. Perhaps you notice a belief or a judgment about this practice,notice that, and then try to notice the opposite of this thought. Also somewhere within your consciousness and now visual this series of images in your mind, one image after the other (paired opposites).
Find Joy or Bliss
Bring to mind a memory that holds great joy and
peace for you. Then, linger here, imagining and remembering all the details of this memory.
Reflect on Your Practice
Reflect on how this practice has made you feel. Remember and repeat your original affirmation or Intention. Then, begin to move outward again, becoming aware of body and breath. Also, become aware of the room around you. So, in your own time, begin to move away from your practice, moving body, changing positions, stretching etc.