Safety, Ease, Freedom, Authenticity
Does meditation practice feel very different from “real life” – working, home life & holidays?
When - if ever - do we feel completely safe, naturally at ease, free, authentic?
Meditation is a precious opportunity to practice finding our way back home, to reconnect with our authenticity, to safely shed all the mind games, disguises, defenses & noises that seem to separate us from a life truly worth living.
While meditating, we patiently, kindly, gently, wisely, naturally, at our own pace, gradually wake up to embodying our core authenticity and deeply connecting to ourselves and others. We gradually retain the same quality of heart-mind, when we're not formally meditating.
“Hygge [hoo ga] is Danish for: the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive; to create well-being, connection and warmth; a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other; celebrating the everyday.”
“Trauma impacts our ability to feel safe and nourished in connection with another or with oneself. When caught in fight, flight, or freeze, the brain centers that support mindfulness are shut down.
‘Resilience,’ Staci Haines wrote, ‘is our inherent capacity to see beauty, find connection, commune with something larger than ourselves, and create – even in or after horrendous experiences.’ It reflects our capacity to cope effectively with adversity and stress, and has a strong connection to both mindfulness and trauma.”
David A. Treleaven. “Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness. Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing.” W.W. Norton & Co, 2018.
“By giving ourselves unconditional kindness and comfort while embracing the human experience, difficult as it is, we avoid destructive patterns of fear, negativity, and isolation. At the same time, self-compassion fosters positive mind states such as happiness and optimism. The nurturing quality of self-compassion allows us to flourish, to appreciate the beauty and richness of life, even in hard times.”
Kristin Neff. “Self-Compassion. The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself.” HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.
"When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness.
Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful
as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other." Margaret Wheatley