Whenever I start to feel cramped – whether it’s literally from the clutter building up in my physical space, or more metaphorically, like feeling stuck inside, with nowhere to go — I turn to my meditation to help create space in my head and heart.
I’m not a heart-y person. In fact, I kind of cringe when people or books get too love-y. But by practicing this particular meditation, I’m able to find a way to soften my edge, and connect better to myself and those around me.
This connection I write of isn’t about hugging my sisters and brothers. It’s about being open enough to allow connection to occur. Or more specifically, to create the space within myself to offer up love and kindness.
The meditation goes like this:
Sit in a comfortable position.
Say the following phrases aloud or to yourself: May I be happy. May I be healthy. May I be safe. May I be at ease.
Next think of a friend. Someone who you love, or have good feelings toward.
Then repeat the same phrases: May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be at ease.
Then think of someone who you don’t like so much, someone who has stressed you out in the past, or continues to do so.
Say the phrases towards them: May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be at ease.
And lastly, send these phrases out into the world. May we be happy. May we be healthy. May we be safe. May we be at ease.
I know it may seem like a big nothing to do this practice – as in it’s silly and a waste of time. But I promise when you go through the phrases – with the intention to connect, you will find an opening and lightness within. And in this day and age, we could all use a little more of this in the world.