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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

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Contemplating Samadhi

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.41

Just as the naturally pure crystal assumes shapes and colors of objects placed near it, so the Yogi’s mind with its totally weakened modifications, becomes clear and balanced and attains the state devoid of differentiation between knower, knowable and knowledge. This culmination of meditation is Samadhi.

Siva Sutra Svacchanda Tantra

Bondage is just differentiated knowledge. It is experiencing the objects of the world as separate from god consciousness. Here, you think that God consciousness is pure and consciousness in worldly life is impure. You must quite experiencing these kinds of bondage and focus your mind inward toward pure God consciousness. When you abandon this experience of bondage and direct your mind toward God consciousness, experiencing only yourself, that is known as the pervasion of God consciousness, the pervasion of the Self.

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Union

20130602-114459.jpg“A human being is a part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical illusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Albert Einstein

Patanjali Yoga Sutras

1.1 Now, instruction in Union.

1.2. Union is restraining the thought-streams natural to the mind.

1.3. Then the seer dwells in his own nature.

1.4. Otherwise he is of the same form as the thought-streams.

Yoga is union. Union of the breath and the movement. Union of the body and the mind.

Practice:

Be still in your body and the mind will follow. Sit in quiet contemplation and be with whatever arises. Allow a vast awareness to come as your heart settles and your breath slows. Remain here for some time. When the mind travels, gently bring it back to the breath. Say to yourself: “As I breathe in I know I’m breathing in. As I breathe out I know I’m breathing out”. Realize oneness.

Namaste

Jeanette

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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

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Connecting with your Unborn Child

Originally posted on I am Sacred Woman:

Every pregnant lady deserves to be spoilt and made to feel beautiful and amazing! Every pregnant lady deserves to be spoilt and made to feel beautiful and amazing!

Pregnancy is a time of deep and wonderful transformation for a woman. A time when she may be faced with many life-changing decisions, questions and searching. A time that may evoke challenges, joys and fears. Each pregnancy is surrounded by its own unique story and each holds within it the very same common thread – of stepping into the unknown.

Although I have been through medical school, busy obstetric and antenatal wards and clinics, severely ill patients as well as serene and romantic homebirths – I remain convinced that THE MOST IMPORTANT THING we CAN do with pregnant mothers – for their health, for the health of the pregnancy, labour and birth AND for the babies health – is to become very connected, in-tune and respectful of the miraculous process that is hapenning – of the…

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Pushing Grief Down

“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses. ”  ― Colette

“It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses. ”
― Colette

Since losing my Mom, a little more than a year ago, I have been pushing my grief down. Literally, physically, metaphorically. Most of the time I am fine. Most of the time I move through life with an overall sense of optimism. I feel a deep sense of love, purpose and meaning. But then, moments come, and I miss her so hard there’s a lump in my throat and tears always threatening to fall when someone even asks how I am. Sometimes she is so far away that I can’t believe anymore. In anything. That grief, that hardcore loss that shakes you up and rips the rug out form under you… is good to feel. The times it’s risen up and become unbearable, the urge to drive it away and bury it is overwhelming. To become so busy I can’t think of it, to drink or to have sex or to float in a pool of unawareness is all too easy. In this past year I’ve learned that the moments of greatest clarity come in our moments of stillness. The layers of healing that happen when you are just able to “be” with your pain are transformative.

Right now three of my good friends are grieving…two of my clients are grieving…so many of you are grieving. My heart, empathetic by nature, is feeling this commonly shared experience so deeply. Having my own grief understood and reflected is such a gift.

“In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life”
― Nicholas Sparks

So in these moments I’ve found some things that help. Here they are in no particular order.

  1. Nature
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. Art
  5. Music
  6. Yoga
  7. Thai Massage
  8. Long Walks
  9. Long Baths
  10. Dancing
  11. Laughter
  12. Quiet
  13. Meditation

So now I’m letting the grief rise. Experiencing it fully. Letting it overflow however it sees fit. Whether that be tears or song, anger or despair. This allowing is more healing than anything else so far. Two grandmas and a Mom in 3 years. That’s a lot to lose. I’m thankful for my sister and my girls. For my friends who are my sisters and for my teachers. This beautiful feminine energy is still there. Always with me. Supportive and nurturing. Helping me be the same for you. Thank you and I love you.

Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu
May All Beings Be Happy and Free

Namaste,

Jeanette

 

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To be soft

I am now a most enlightened person regarding the needs of a woman’s heart—that throbbing heart which is like a bird flying in the spacious sky of love….It is like a vase replenished with the wine of the ages that has been pressed for the sipping souls….It is like a book in whose pages one reads the chapters of happiness and misery, joy and pain, laughter and sorrow. No one can read this book except the true companion who is the other half of the woman, created for her since the beginning of the world.

Kahlil Gibran

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Hard to be soft. Hard to surrender. How to open? How to be vulnerable?

Easier to give love than to receive.

Love hurts sometimes. Somehow there is this wall around my heart because I’ve let the love that hurt  contribute to my idea  of what’s possible. To be possibly free….

“Our thoughts are our own creation. We make them real by cooperating with them. If we withdraw our support, they will dissolve. Observe the thoughts closely, without labeling them. Then you will see them gradually going away.” -Amma

I want a deeper love. A conscious love where the coming together of two souls uplifts the whole world.  Those aspects of us that warrant  closer look – done so through the mirror of another’s kind and loving eyes. If we believe we are fundamentally flawed how can we let another accept us. If we don’t love and offer compassion to our Self, how then can we do so for another?

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This Moment

Be present with each moment, love yourself and others, serve in whatever way uplifts and inspires you! What will you do with your one wild and crazy life?

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In Memory of Her

“Where is it, this present? It has melted in our grasp, fled where we could touch it, gone in the instant of becoming.” William James

“I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver

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In memory of Martha A. Sealy,
a woman who lived and loved with her whole heart.

September 7, 1943 – August 20, 2013

On Death
Kahlil Gibran

You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

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Floating at Tao

There is some kiss we want with
Our whole lives, the touch of
Spirit on the body. Seawater
Begs the pearl to break its shell.
Rumi

The Sea

Recently I visited Tao Massage and had my first float session. What an amazing experience. Float or sensory deprivation tanks have been around for sometime. I remember wanting to try one before Carrinna was born and was so excited to see they had opened one so close to home.

Floating relieves pain, insomnia, tension, enhances energy, clarity and contentedness.

Why does this work so well? One reason is the Autonomic Nervous System, which is made up of two parts –  sympathetic and parasympathetic. The sympathetic is the fight or flight response, a physiological reaction to a perceived threat. The body goes into a state of hyper arousal and a cascade of neurotransmitters and hormones are released, including  adrenaline, cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
The parasympathetic is the rest and digest response where stress is mitigated. Heart rate slows, breathing becomes fuller and deeper, cortisol levels decrease, brain waves lengthen, beneficial neurotransmitter are released. This promotes a profound sense of well being.

As for my experience – this is what I journaled when i returned home. I’m floating again soon :)

I immersed myself in the warm, salt bath and  slowly closed the door behind me. Sealed in the darkness, the pool quickly swallows you up. Giddy at first. Floating. The oneness of it all.  Your body is fully supported, weightless, floating in a cosmic sea. It was beautiful. I’ve been meditating for some time now and there was nothing I had experienced up until this point for the strange wondrousness of this sense withdrawal experience. In yoga, we call it Pratyahara.

Then

…something softened

…something broke

…am i safe?

a moment of fear as I search for the door handle.  Then another wave of giddiness as I think of the absurdity of that. My mind more monkey like than usual. Thoughts popping around like mini bursts of imagery and emotion. Words and impressions dancing between. Related and not related at all. Timeless and circular. Waves and dimensions of being play through my mind. Thoughts of my passing by. My body noticeably stiffens. Ahh surrender and relax.
Let
Go
All of a sudden there’s a deeper sense of freedom.
Back to absorption. I am. So Hum.

 

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