Category Archives: Meditation

Smoke & Mirrors: Dedicating your Practice to LOVE

Smoke and Mirrors - Dedicating your practice to Love

Do you have those moments where you feel things are not as they seem? Well you are spot on because no matter what, that is usually the case in our everyday lives. Things are always going on behind the scenes in peoples’ lives, minds and hearts. But if we really knew the truth, what would change? Probably…everything?

That is why this year I dedicated my heart practice and living practice to LOVE. You see, when you love unconditionally, none of that matters. You can just say, “I don’t like that you did that to me, but I love you nonetheless”. Or to yourself, “I know you are hurting, but I love you nonetheless”.

Life is changing but love is this one steady thing I can count on to get me through.
With love, you become a more honest, grateful person when it is true love to the core of your being that you use as your fuel for living. I can say, “I love you…but”, and that will start to negate the love you feel. Try instead, “I give myself permission to feel confused or hurt. I will not attach it to anything so I can move on from it, then the love is still there in my heart and does not get lost”.

This practice is one leading into forgiveness, which leads into compassion, which leads into kindness, which leads into LOVE.

When we forgive we are compassionate to others’ needs, and kind in the situation at hand, while honoring ourselves. This creates love in the heart. So it is not to be a door mat. Would you call the Dali Lama a door mat? I think not. He is a brave and beautiful light in the world, but always with that smile, it seems, and always with that open door of wisdom to him. And he knows how to handle himself with politicians and war-minded people, much scarier people maybe than you or I are dealing with.

We know when people are angry or vengeful, the source is usually hurt in some way. So through love, kindness, forgiveness, it is up to them to decide to do the same. Instead of an eye for an eye, try a loving kindness meditation based on the Buddha’s wisdom of compassion and unconditional love to release your pain.

I have dedicated this month to Kuan Yin energy because I want to learn the deep lessons of love. When sitting for meditation, I held my hands in Padma Mudra, symbolic of the lotus of the heart, and mentally chanted Kuan Yin’s Mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. I immediately felt a sense of love and compassion in my heart, and a smile on my lips. It was in my heart I saw myself struggling to pull a gigantic root out (a.k.a. my ego) and I realized I was not trying to release this root compassionately, but diligently as I always do with hard labor and stress.

I immediately heard my message, “stop trying to rip something out and make use of it”. So I decided to energetically rototill it instead. With this non-motorized tilling device in mind, I ground that root to pieces and started to fertilize it into the earth in my mind to give back those thoughts, emotions, and traumas that no longer serve me. I felt a loving release, and I know I may have to re-till the earth again more than once to get this right. But knowing I have a technique to do this now is all I needed to get the process going. I will keep going back to this to help myself process my pain and my attachments.

So what is my conclusion for all of this? I say trust your gut feeling first. When you feel you cannot trust yourself or someone else in any situation follow that and ask the heart “why”, as the heart and the mind are both very knowledgeable. Then assess what you come up with, or meditate as I did to reset the mind clutter, and see your truth.

“I know I can change, I know I can be the best human being possible, and with each breath I hope to send myself in that direction this year, with loving kindness”.

Kuan Yin Meditation

Here is the mudra. Use it while seated comfortably. Dim the lights, put some white noise on if you need too, and maybe add a little aromatherapy to help you relax. Do your breathing as I have offered you before, and try to unplug with this mudra for several minutes. You can listen to the short meditation below to guide you along.

Padma Mudra

Padma Mudra

Bonus: Shoulder & Heart Opening Practice

Yoga poses for compassion and heart opening are pictured here for added heart opening! Play the track below for instruction. If you just want to use the pictures, try each one for 5-8 breaths.

  1. Simple shoulder opening cycle (3 parts)
    Shoulder Opening Cycle - Part 1

    Shoulder Opening Cycle – Part 1

    Shoulder Opening Cycle - Part 2

    Shoulder Opening Cycle – Part 2

    Shoulder Opening Cycle - Part 3

    Shoulder Opening Cycle – Part 3

  2. Shoulder opener with the strap

    Shoulder Opening with strap

    Shoulder Opening with strap

  3. Anahatasana

    Anahatasana

    Anahatasana

  4. Yin inspired seal pose

    Seal Pose

    Seal Pose

  5. Child’s pose

    Child's Pose

    Child’s Pose

  6. Lying on your back with a rolled blanket

    Heart Opening Savasana with rolled blanket

    Heart Opening Savasana with rolled blanket

With love to you!
Jennifer

Acceptance Meditation for the Chakras

Acceptance Meditation for the Chakras by Jennifer Langsdale

Acceptance is by far one of human beings’ biggest struggles…we go over and over the past in our minds trying to come up with the “why?” certain things happen.

Below is an Acceptance Meditation I created. Each chakra has its own powers and struggles, so you can talk to your energy body while reminding yourself of these accepting intentions. If you feel one is a struggle, then maybe focus on that space and talk to it a bit. Sort of your own Body Wisdom™ session on yourself…

Acceptance Meditation by Jennifer

I know and accept the universe’s guidance. (silently say this with awareness at the head)

I see and accept my journey. (awareness at the eyebrow center)

I will speak and accept when to be quiet. (awareness at the throat)

I love and accept all that is in my heart. (awareness at the heart)

I can and will accept my ways and the ways of others. (awareness at the solar plexus)

I accept how I feel. (awareness at the pelvis)

I am accepting of my own true nature.  (awareness at the tailbone)

 

Practice Love – A Loving Kindness Meditation

Practice Love - A Loving Kindness Meditation

You never know what might be going on in someone’s life.

This topic has come up a lot with friends and colleagues recently. Never trust your first judgment to help you make a decision about what you think about someone. The people who look like they have it all together may have a lot brewing under the surface, or the disgruntled person at the cash register may have something deeper going on than just a bad day. Trust in compassion and an open heart.

I ask that of you right now for myself. I ask for love and support for no good reason other than we are all good people trying to find our way.

Smile just for the hell of it!

Laugh for no good reason, other than it feels good. Stay positive even in the hardest of times.

Someone close to me always tells me I live in a fantasy world and that I fear when things are not happy or good. There is a hint of truth with the fear part…mostly it is an uneasiness I feel. But my reality might be other peoples’ fantasies since I choose to live in the light and make a difference as much as I can. To be brave and make the choice to find happiness.

Happiness is in the heart of the beholder

No one else can make you happy but you. This is why I ask again: Be kind. Your words hold a lot of worth, even if you don’t feel they do or act out of impulse. Take a breath before you speak and remember, our throats are the portal to how we connect to the divine and to others around us. Keep this space clean and practice loving kindness with your words, and you will find that this practice brings you a world of healing to yourself and to others.

Above all, remember…no one can tell you how to love them. Love is only practiced without attachment or expectations. Love is free, no one can make you do it and others do not have to give it. Live with an open heart and see the life inside you change and heal.

My version of the Loving Kindness Meditation

Practice Love - A Loving Kindness Meditation

Sit for a moment quietly and take 3 slow deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Bring your peace fingers to your heart center and massage this space in a clockwise direction as you breath.

On your third exhalation, noticeably relax and soften your jaw.

Bring your awareness to your heart and take a few breaths. Become familiar with this space.

Relax your fingers when you feel you are there in the heart.

Begin to focus on this space and bring to mind someone you easily love.

Hold that person in your mind and heart for several breaths and notice how easy it is to feel this person in your heart.

Your heart may feel open and free. Keep that space open and say out loud to that person in your mind: May you be loved, May you go in peace”.

Then smile at the person in your mind and watch them turn and walk away.

Next, keeping your heart just as open, see a person in your mind you don’t really know…it could be a neighbor, the post man, person next to you in yoga class, and do the same: Keep your heart wide open, smile at them and take a few breaths.

It’s OK that it is not that easy, just do your best.

And with a wide open heart, say “May you be loved, may you go in peace”.

And watch them turn and walk away.

Now keep that heart space open, your throat clear and free and draw into your mind someone who brings you hurt or sorrow.

Hold them in your mind and keep that heart open.

Smile at that person. Do your best, don’t fight it. Remember loving kindness is so healing.

Take several breaths into your heart, keep that space free, inhale any tension you may feel in through the nose and out the mouth.

And say with a smile, “May you be loved, may you go in peace”.

Once again, breathe, soften yourself completely. Lie down even if you must, and relax for a moment before you open your eyes.

Loving Kindness Meditations can be found in many Buddhist-inspired books. A nice one can be found in Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach on page 278.

Good luck on your healing journey!