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Mindful : August 2014
Natural loving awa reness occurs when identifica- tion with the sma ll self is loosened. This practice of non-identification means that our sense of who we are is not fused with any limit- ing emotions, sensations, or stories. We begin to intuit a nd live from the openness and love that express our natural awareness. Though the first three steps of RAIN require some inten- tional activity, the N is the treasure: A liberating home- coming to our true nature. There’s nothing to do for this last part of RAIN; we simply rest in natural awareness. The RAIN of Self-Compas- sion is not a one-shot medita- tion, nor is the realization of our natural awa reness neces- sarily full, stable, or enduring. Rather, as you practice you may experience a sense of warmth and openness, a shift in perspective. You can trust this! RAIN is a practice for life—meeting our doubts and fears with a healing presence. Each time you are willing to slow down and recognize, oh, this is the trance of unwor- thiness... this is fear... this is hurt...this is judgment..., you are poised to de-condition the old habits a nd limiting Natural Loving Awareness N self-beliefs that imprison your heart. Gradually, you’ll experience natural loving awareness as the truth of who you are, more than any story you ever told yourself about being “not good enough” or “basically flawed.” A friend of mine was sit- ting with her dying mother while she was in a coma. At one point the mother opened her eyes, looked at her daughter with great lucid- ity, and said “You know, all my life I thought something was wrong with me.” She closed her eyes, sank back into a coma and died shortly thereafter. For my friend, her mother’s words were a part- ing gift. They inspired her to dedicate herself to the mind- fulness and self-compassion that frees us. We each have the con- ditioning to live for long stretches of time imprisoned by a sense of deficiency, cut off from realizing our intrinsic intelligence, aliveness, a nd love. The greatest blessing we can give ourselves is to recog- nize the pain of this trance, and regularly offer a cleansing rain of self-compassion to our awakening hearts. ● Gradually, you’ll experience natural loving awareness as the truth of who you are, more than any story you ever told yourself about “not being good enough” or “basically flawed.” 76 mindful August 2014 in practice insight 76 mindful August 2014