Maria’s Midweek Mindfulness Moments.
Self-compassion can sometimes be difficult, it’s much easier to give than it is to receive. Often our social upbringing has conditioned this response but before we can be truly compassionate with others we must first put ourselves in the centre of our own picture. There’s a beautiful meditation called love and kindness. It’s simple and powerful. The meditation requires that you think about yourself first and then you choose three other people. A person that is neutral. A person who has an impact on your life but they irritate you. And someone that you love deeply.
It begins with self-focus. Notice the things that make you tick. Settle on a motivating, empowering thought and take a few breaths. Allow yourself to be in a space where you have everything you need to make you feel safe, loved and happy.
For the second person. Imagine they had received news that would make them feel loved and happy. Watch their body language change as the become free from fear and stress.
The third is a person is someone who ruffles your feathers.Identify what it is about their manner that affects you. Observe your part in the play. Imagine how they would feel if they were in a space where they felt safe, loved and secure. Imagine how it would be different if you could both use effective dialogue to communicate your needs.
The last is the person that you love deeply. Once again observe how they look and behave when they are free from worry, stress and fear.The final part is to watch your three people choose three more people and repeat the exercise and so on. This is a beautiful way for us to become more connected and compassionate with each other.
With love, light and gratitude. Maria Arpa -x-
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