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Mindful : June 2019
Put a hand over your heart, or elsewhere, and feel your body breathe. Now take a moment and allow your heart to open gently—to become recep- tive—like a flower opens in the warm sun. Ask yourself this question, allowing the answer to arise naturally within you: PRACTICE What do I need? What do I truly need? Let the answer be a univer- sal human need, such as the need to be connected, loved, peaceful, free. If this need has not been fulfilled in a given day, your day does not feel complete. When you are ready, write down what arose for you. Now consider a sec- ond question: What do I need to hear from others? What words do I long to hear? If I could, what words would I like to have whispered into my ear every day for the rest of my life—words that might make me say, “Oh, thank you, thank you,” every time I hear them? Words that we would like to hear from others again and again are qualities we would like to actualize in our own lives. For example, longing to hear “I love you” probably means that we wish to know we are truly lovable. Open the door of your heart and wait for words to come. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and open to this possibility, with courage. Listen. When you’re ready, write down what you heard. Take a moment to review what you have written and settle on two to four words or phrases you would like to use in meditation. These are gifts you will give your- self over and over again. If you heard that you need “kindness,” “to belong,” or “more peace in my life,” maybe the wishes can become: May I begin to be kind to myself May I know that I belong May I live in peace “I love you” can become the wish May I love myself just asIam. “I’m here for you” can be- come the wish May I feel safe and secure. “You’re a good person” can become the wish May I know my own goodness. Finally, try out your phrases to see how they land. Begin saying them over and over, slowly and gently, allowing them to resonate within you. Let the words take up space, allow them to fill your being, if only for this one moment. Then gently release them and rest in the experience. ● June 2019 mindful 27