Sunday, September 20, 2009

Touching Serenity

Collage by Lani
I stumbled on a website, Goodlife Zen, full of wonderful directives for increasing positive brain activity and the potential for being here now (why is it so much easier to live in the past and future?). Here's one example and it fits so nicely with my previous wishcasting post.

There is a way to escape this negative spiral of emotions.

The simple action I’ll describe in a moment is the physical expression of loving-kindness meditation. This is a kind of meditation where we turn loving and kind thoughts towards ourselves. When we are wound-up and blame ourselves for not performing well enough, we need to break this negative cycle of emotions through being kind to ourselves.

A simple touch can return us to serenity

What I’m going to show you is a powerful technique. It means touching the heart with the hand of love. You will notice a change when you do it. But it’s not going to make you serene for ever, just by trying it once! The tension in your mind and body is apt to reoccur. However, if you use this loving touch regularly, you will be able to prevent a build-up of stress in the future.

Touch the heart with the hand of love

Here is a beautiful and very simple way to find serenity.

  • Step #1 Take one deep breath and notice it flowing in and out.
  • Step #2 Take your right hand and place it gently– in slow motion and with warm awareness – on your heart area.
  • Step #3 Leave it resting there lightly for a couple of complete breaths and notice then changes in your body and mind

What your hand is saying to you is, “It’s all right. I love you all the same.”

When your hand comes to rest, you may notice that you spontaneously take a deep breath. Leave your hand on your chest for a while and notice your breathing deepen, your shoulders relax, and your face soften.

Repeat this magic action as often as possible

We cannot get too much of loving-kindness. All of us are in need of it. And we ourselves are often the ones who are our harshest critics and withhold our self love. When you touch the heart with the hand of love, your soul unfolds and your whole being lightens up.


Bea said...

Collage is beautiful. I love the expressions on their faces.
Excellent message.
Thanks for posting that. :)Bea

Lani Gerity said...

Why thank you Bea!

Erika C. said...

Yaah! that's so great and so needed. Thanks, Lani.

Rainey said...