"If it is your desire to open to your life, you must commit to tending to what is good and true within you. You must look upon your inner garden, kneeling within to tend lovingly to your earth, pulling out weed and rot, and showing up regardless of thundering storm or weather in order to coax what is beautiful up from the soil." Sarah Blondin
Dear Travelers on the Path,
Loving-kindness meditation is free from any expectations or bindings. We do not do it for accomplishing a goal or proving a point; it is merely a process to experience and enjoy.
There’s no wrong way to do metta or lovingkindness meditation. Sometimes the practice of cultivating lovingkindness is simply to radiate love without words. Sometimes it’s to begin by holding yourself with kindness. Lovingkindness can be an antidote to anxiety and fear. We become more gracious with the difficulties of life as we open the heart.
Loving kindness is not just about empathy, presence, and listening in regard to others. It is part of the difficult inner work we all face. This is the work of finding self-forgiveness, releasing shame and guilt, and loving ourselves for exactly who we are. Loving-kindness is kind of like looking at ourselves and expressing love—then letting that love reverberate, like two mirrors reflecting one another into infinity.
I invite you to join me for online group meditation Tuesday February 7th for a guided meditation on Metta, Loving-Kindness.
Please contact me through the "Contact Eileen" link on the left no later than the Monday before Group Meditation to receive the Zoom link.
May we continue to look into ourselves.
Group Meditation is free yet takes many hours to create and there are costs to the platforms I use like Constant Contact and Zoom.
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