Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving Kindness Meditation

Metta Bhavana is a Buddhist meditation which cultivates benevolence toward oneself and others. It is a beautiful offering of loving kindness to the world.

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May you be safe and protected.
May you be contented and pleased.
May your body be strong and support you.
May your life unfold with Grace and ease.
Larissa Carlson

Begin by taking a comfortable seat. Allow your awareness to settle on your breath. Relax your shoulders, your mouth, your jaw. Soften your gaze and relax your eyes. Relax your head, your brain, the crown of your head. Let go of any thoughts and just feel a deep abiding sense of love. Imagine yourself as a child. Meet your child self in a place you feel safe. Feel your heart fill up with love for yourself. Let it get so full it overflows. Say to yourself “May you be happy. May you be free from suffering.” Spend some time here with your self.

Next, call to mind the image of someone you love. The first person that comes to mind is the right one. Visualize them clearly in your mind’s eye. Feel your heart fill with love for them. Extend that love and a sincere desire for their well being toward them. Say silently to them “May you be happy. May you be free from suffering.”

Next call to mind the image of someone who you are neutral toward. No strong feelings of like or dislike. Extend a feeling of loving kindness and a sincere desire for their well being toward this person. Say silently to them “May you be happy. May you be free from suffering.”

Finally, call to mind the image of someone whom you have hostility toward. Extend to them a sincere desire for their well being. Feel your heart soften and embrace a sense of loving kindness for this person. Say to them silently “May you be happy. May you be free from suffering.”

You may want to seal this practice with the sound of Om. Draw your hands together at your heart and feel the warmth of the love you’ve cultivated.

The more you nurture a feeling of loving kindness, the happier and calmer you will be.
Dalai Lama

Deeper

Deeper

heart

The Upanishads

Go deeper
Past thoughts into silence.
Past silence into stillness.
Past stillness into the heart.
Let love consume all that is left of you.

~ Kabir

Those nights without you

Those nights without you

1511722_10152115085094724_1462949905_oI long for you. I long for you in the sweet absence of your breath. I crave the touch of your lips against my skin, your whispered kisses against my neck, the way you gaze so deeply into my eyes. I ache for the temple of your body that I can worship again and again and again. The safety of your arms and the deep soulful peace I find in the sweet union of our bodies. Tonight as I lament your absence, I turn my attention to God.

 

 

 

“Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly.
let it cut more deep.
Let it ferment and season you
as few human or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
has made my eyes so soft
my voice so tender
my need of god
absolutely clear.”
~ Hafiz

Thank you for teaching me how to go deeper.

<3

 

 

Falling stars

The Day Sky


Let us be like
Two falling stars in the day sky.

Let no one know of our sublime beauty
As we hold hands with God
And burn

Into a sacred existence that defies –
That surpasses

Every description of ecstasy
And love.

Hafiz

Kundalini in the morning

Kundalini in the morning

Mmmm there is nothing like waking up with Kundalini. You gently ease into poses and stretches while your body wakes up. Fire begins to enter your limbs and your core, every part of you waking, tingling, slowly coming alive. Sensations running through every muscle, quivering, opening, melting. Breath coming quickly, effortlessly, expansively. Emotions rolling and ebbing, surfing them with the breath. Beautiful mantras, mudras and meditations centering, grounding, bringing peace. Ecstasy rising, spine tingling, joy bubbling forth. This is my morning practice <3

Very little grows on jagged rock. Be grounded.
Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are.
⊱✿⊰ Rumi⊱✿⊰