Cultivating feelings of love for oneself and love for others is a wonderful thing. We could all use a little more heart, or say empathy, not only for those around us, but also, perhaps most importantly, for ourselves. By that I mean finding ways to accept what it is, observe yourself, and make the changes that you decide will serve you as you move around the world. It’s an easy equation: by focusing first on yourself, cultivating an open, empathetic heart, you’ll find that you have love for those around you. As writer Anne Lamott puts it: “If you want loving feelings, do loving things.”
Most traditions and cultures, whether ancient or modern, Eastern or Western, speak of the spiritual dimension of the heart and its role in experiencing the power of love, willpower, and inner wisdom. . When we spend too much time with fear, doubt, pain, and despair in our heart, we undermine our capacity for love and have officially entered a loop of negative feedback.
In this meditation guided by love and kindness, I offer a way to access the feelings of love and being loved, and a way to establish a positive loop over time. Don’t worry if it takes a while to really develop those feelings. Keep doing this, using your imagination. It involves accessing a memory of a time when you felt loved or loved, cared for, or deeply cared for by another person. Just that. None of the background story or side effects, just the simple feeling of love, but you can remember it in your memory.
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So practice this easy meditation regularly and enlighten your whole body, especially the physical heart area. Open up to a more positive loop. There is no way to be happy all the time or live in a state of permanent joy, nor should we try. We benefit from being open to observing the ways in which we have both negative and positive feelings. The next step is to understand that the failures of empathy are human and necessary. The next thing is still to come to light, because as humans, this is a more satisfying way of living our lives. It certainly helps us to bond, heal, let go, and be more in sync with those around us.
By Lisa Hedley
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