Lovingkindness for self (25 min)

Lovingkindness for self (25 min)

For many of us, the idea of loving ourselves may seem out of reach, it is a process that evolves over time, as we learn to let go of self-criticism and self-judgment, and of the internalised negative voices from parents, siblings, teachers, and others. It becomes what Tara Brach calls a spiritual reparenting, learning to relate to ourselves with kindness. Our capacity to love ourselves is often awakened in us through having received love from others. So this practice starts by evoking a benefactor to help us remember what it’s like to love someone, and to awaken our loving heart. If we know how to love someone else, it means that we have what it takes to love ourselves.

Compassion for the world (25 min)

Compassion for the world (25 min)

This is a meditation on compassion using our breath and our heart. The foundation of this practice is to breathe in pain and suffering and to breathe out compassion. For this we begin to imagine ourselves as a “flow through”: the breath comes in, we breathe in the suffering into our heart, and then our heart becomes a transformer of sorrows. As we breathe out compassion, we imagine the suffering moving out into a larger space that can hold it all.
As we practice, we start to develop what the Tibetans call the “Lion’s roar”, which is a sense of confidence that we can handle the suffering of this life. It’s the sense that whatever happens, there is room in our heart for it.

Cultivating presence with the practice of RAIN (20 min)

Cultivating presence with the practice of RAIN (20 min)

We can use the four steps of the acronym RAIN, – Recognizing, Allowing, Investigating and Nurturing, – as a guide to explore our present moment experience. This practice can help you to gently come back into presence and grow in self-awareness, when you are functioning on auto-pilot.

“I have arrived, I am home” (15 min)

“I have arrived, I am home” (15 min)

When we feel profoundly unsettled by everything that is happening to us and around us, a key step is to come home to ourselves in this moment, whatever is happening: when we bring our mind back to our body we come home. The Vietnamese Buddhist monk
Thich Nhat Hanh says that when we touch this experience of coming home, it is like finally arriving home after a long journey: it brings us a sense of peace and freedom, no matter our circumstances. In his meditations, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us again and again “I have arrived, I am home” here and now. This grounding practice is inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and by the meditation teacher Lesley Booker.

Meditation on your heart’s intention and the Five Mindfulness Trainings (25 min)

Meditation on your heart’s intention and the Five Mindfulness Trainings (25 min)

As we quiet ourselves in meditation, and enter a stillness and presence between all the activities of our life, we can listen to the deep intention of our heart, and know what really matters in our life, so that, when we face difficulties, this becomes the place of guidance in us. In this meditation you are invited to listen to your heart’s intention, and to reflect on the five mindfulness trainings, as a way to create the ground for well-being and happiness in your life. These are trainings that you can retake over and over again, as the meditation teacher Jack Kornfield says, “it is like making fresh bread every day”. Every day you reset your intention and plant seeds of goodness in your life, over and over again.

Mindful pause with poem (6 min)

Mindful pause with poem (6 min)

Take a moment to pause in your activities, connect with your breath and your heart, and take in the words of the poet Danna Faulds, reminding you to live in the present.

Teaching on Connecting with your Heart Wisdom

Teaching on Connecting with your Heart Wisdom

Our ultimate refuge is none other than our own being. There is a light of awareness that shines through each of us and guides us home. We are never separated from this luminous awareness any more than waves are separated from the ocean.
– Tara Brach, True Refuge

Meditation to connect with your Heart Wisdom (20 min)

Meditation to connect with your Heart Wisdom (20 min)

In this meditation inspired by Tara Brach, you are invited to connect with your loving awareness that witnesses all your experiences with kindness and compassion. From this grounded place, you will visualize meeting with your future self, an older, wiser and more evolved version of yourself, the expression of your awakened heart.

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