Mindfulness Activity #153

Mindfulness Activity #153

Loving Kindness Independent Practice Week-Day 2

Good Morning. Today you are invited to practice the same Loving Kindness practice that you chose yesterday. This week you will repeat the exact same practice each day. All practices involve some benefits and some challenges. The learning is often in the struggles. Since March, we have been practicing many varieties of mindfulness in the hopes that folks would find some of what they needed, especially in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, the first of other crises to follow. This week is meant to hopefully present the same challenges in practice to you each day so that you progress in depth of practice.

As we approach fall, we are facing a “new normal.” We wear masks, limit contact with others, and have somewhat altered patterns of behavior. Information still varies day to day. There are many changes moment to moment. There is still much anxiety, frustration and difficulties. But in some sense, many of us have acclimated to the chaos. We have stopped expecting predictability and are rolling with the punches a bit more. We strive for routine and normalcy in the midst of unpredictability.

So, developing a personal mindfulness practice can add to your sense of stability and routine. Deepening your practice will add to your sense of rootedness and your ability to experience equanimity…exactly what we need to adapt fluidly to whatever comes our way.

Now, using the practice you have chosen to repeat each day, settle yourself and begin…I have included all the links for ease of access to your practice

My favorite guided loving kindness:

Groovy music loving kindness:

Chanting loving kindness in English:

Chanting loving kindness in Pali:

 

https://insighttimer.com/johannamolloy/guided-meditations/loving-kindness-meditation-111

 

Basic Silent Mantra:

May I be Safe
May I be Healthy
May I be Happy
May I live with Ease

May you be Safe
May you be Healthy
May you be Happy
May you live with Ease

Adapted Silent Mantra:

May I learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.
May I be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in myself.
May I learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in myself.
May my mind be open like a child’s.
May I be calm and peaceful in the midst of confusion.

May you learn to look at myself with the eyes of understanding and love.
May you be able to recognize and touch the seeds of joy and happiness in myself.
May you learn to identify and see the sources of anger, craving, and delusion in myself.
May your mind be open like a child’s.
May you be calm and peaceful in the midst of confusion.

Take a moment to reflect on difficulties or stuck places in your practice. Maybe it felt good yesterday, but you did not feel like it today. The goal is to use those experiences to build your capacity to be mindful. Remember, that your goal is to actually adopt a state of kind attention to everything you encounter…

I wish you growth this week!

Michele

 

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