MfH Week 8

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TURNING OUTWARDS - Compassion for Others

Step 7 (days 1-3). Turning Outwards - compassion for others

Introduction

  • In last step moved from 'billiard ball' approach to life, to resting in broad, stable awareness.
  • Mindfulness = middle way between suppression / blocking and over-identification / drowning.
  • This week broadening out to cultivate kindness and well wishing towards others.
  • See how much we share with other human beings.
  • All experience pain and no one likes this.
  • All tend to cling onto pleasure, which leads to discontent.
  • The 'stories' of our lives are different, but basic tendencies are the same.
  • Can use self-awareness as a point of empathy with other people.
  • To the extent we know our own experience, we know what it is like to be human.
  • I call this 'healing towards the human condition'.
  • Practise breathing out a loving and kindly breath towards others.

Step 7 (days 4-6). Turning Outwards - compassion for others

Going deeper

  • Have you noticed how much you share with other people?
  • Even if your meditation feels like hard work, keep on doing the practice.
  • Best way to assess your meditation is by how you are in life, not just by how easy you find meditation!
  • May notice you're more open and kindly towards someone at the supermarket; or in the street!
  • Can reflect on how other people are continuously changing just like we are.
  • Way flow of change unfolds depends on how we relate to experience.
  • Can move towards expansiveness & freedom, or contraction & reactivity. It's up to us!
  • Behaviour has an effect for oneself and others.
  • How we behave, think and feel matters! Sows the seeds for consequences in the next moment.
  • Mindfulness brings choice and flexibility.
  • We can always turn around reactive patterns, as soon as we're aware and kind.

Mindfulness in Daily Life exercise

Step 7 Days 1-3

Stop and practice 3-minute breathing space at least twice a day with focus on self-awareness.

Mindfulness in Daily Life exercise

Step 7 Days 4-6

Stop and practice 3-minute breathing space at least twice a day with focus on awareness of self, others and the world around you.


Monday - 26/05/2014

Today, and everyday, and for the rest of my life, I will love myself by feeding my body good, wholesome and healthy food, recreation, and relationships. Anything that doesn't fall in line with wholesome and healthy will be refused.

Kindness to myself & others is good for my health.

Tuesday - 27/05/2014

I am enough ...

You are enough ...

Wednesday - 28/05/2014

I am important enough to be given the time I need to get well, no matter how long it takes ...

You are important enough to be given the time you need to get well, no matter how long it takes ...

Thursday - 29/05/2014

I am loved ...

You are loved ...

Friday - 30/05/2014

beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes affect your bodily chemistry, which in turn affect your health ...

Saturday - 31/05/2014

thoughts become things ...

Sunday - 01/06/2014

your are what you think ...

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