Lovely Loose Ladies

Six Loose Ladies Yarn Shop, VT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd Annual Yoga + Yarn Retreat was last weekend and I’m still giddy from it! It was a wonderful gathering of women who love knitting, travel, yoga, and food!

The retreat was a success not only because of the people who were there but because of the wonderful location! Good Commons makes you feel as if you are at home. It is hard to not be relaxed when cuddled up in the living room with the fire going, a glass of red wine, homemade hummus, and knitting.

Over the weekend we felt blessed to be together and join in knitting a blanket for The Center in NJ. We missed those who could not join us and kept them in our thoughts and practices throughout the weekend. Through yoga, knitting, massage, and healthy foods we rejuvenated ourselves in order to come back home and be strong supports to loved ones.

Keeping positive thoughts in our mind towards ourselves and others during this time of uncertainty, throughout thanksgiving and upcoming holidays. Loving kindness meditation allows us to open our hearts to ourselves and the world around us.

Live Light Practice:



Loving kindness meditation. Find a supportive and comfortable seat. Begin by taking two or three deep breaths with slow, long and complete exhalations. Let go of any concerns or preoccupations.

We start by offering love to ourselves , since we often have difficulty loving others without first loving ourselves. Sitting quietly, mentally repeat, slowly and steadily, the following phrases:
May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease.

While you say these phrases, allow yourself to sink into the intentions they express. Loving-kindness meditation consists primarily of connecting to the intention of wishing ourselves or others happiness. If feelings of warmth, friendliness, or love arise in the body or mind, connect to them, allowing them to grow as you repeat the phrases.

Now bring to mind an image of someone in your life who has deeply cared for you. Holding an image of them in your mind’s eye helps to reinforce the intentions expressed in the phrases.

Slowly repeat phrases of loving-kindness toward them:
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.

As you say these words, again sink into their intention or heartfelt meaning. And, if any feelings of loving-kindness arise, connect the feelings with the phrases so that the feelings may become stronger as you repeat the words.

Now bring to mind someone who is a stranger in your life, someone you hardly know. Allow it to be the first person who came to mind. Holding an image of them in your mind’s eye helps to reinforce the intentions expressed in the phrases.

Slowly repeat phrases of loving-kindness toward them:
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.

Now bring to mind someone who is an enemy or a person who gives you difficulty in your life. Allow it to be the first person who came to mind. Holding an image of them in your mind’s eye helps to reinforce the intentions expressed in the phrases.

Slowly repeat phrases of loving-kindness toward them:
May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease.

Sometimes during loving-kindness meditation, seemingly opposite feelings such as anger, grief, or sadness may arise. Take these to be signs that your heart is softening, revealing what is held there. You can either shift to mindfulness practice or you can—with whatever patience, acceptance, and kindness you can muster for such feelings—direct loving-kindness toward them. Above all, remember that there is no need to judge yourself for having these feelings.

Now to all beings:
May all beings be happy. May all beings be well. May all beings be safe. May all beings be peaceful and at ease.

Deepen your breath and keep your eye closed.

The loving-kindness meditation doesn’t have to be just done at home when you are alone. When you are out on the streets continue to repeat the visualizations, kind reflections, or mantra in order to cultivate the feeling of loving-kindness within. As it grows stronger within you it will emanate out to those around you.