What niggles at us, and what we worry about, points to what needs our unconditional kind attention.

I can’t take it anymore. I’ve had enough.

I hate that people act the way they do. 

I just want to be happy and live my life. 

I’ve run out of compassion and patience for other people.

I have nothing left to give.

We come to know what is unresolved by paying attention and by mindfulness of what’s happening in our body, in our mind, and emotions in our heart.

What stops our breath? When we notice we’re holding our breath, it is a potent clue to knowing what is hijacking us out of presence and into fear.

We hesitate to attune to and be with stored trauma because when we first pushed it away, we were hurting. It was overwhelming for us at the time. Now, our healthier adult self can handle more. We are stronger and more resilient than we were as children.

I can handle knowing all parts of me.
I can welcome and empathetically connect with everything inside of me.

I love all of myself, especially the hurt part, the parts that were alone and suffering, and felt like no one cared.

I wrap myself up in a soft blanket and hold onto a soft pillow in front of me, and I let myself feel it. Now, in this present moment, I am not actually back in the past feeling hurt or alone or rejected. In awareness of the present moment, I remember this.

I offer myself my own loving, unconditional, kind, fiercely on my own side attention.

As I welcome, and welcome again, and open my arms in my heart, I heal. I know and I love myself. I reject nothing. I include everything. And as I do, all of the hurt and the aloneness and the trauma, fall away. I am whole. I am loved. I include and accept myself unconditionally with kindness and compassion and deep, deep love.

I look around and marvel at this amazing world we live in. I take in the raindrop trembling on a leaf after a rain. The light on someone’s face and on mine as we catch sight of each other. A deep abiding peace inside. More and more I am able to meet and love life as it unfolds in front of me.

I keep practicing letting go of needing life to be a certain way. I release people to be who they are. I stop judging or shaming myself. I see just how very necessary it was for me to disconnect and cushion myself from reality and life.

There are so many threats to our happiness and safety. There are so many things we want to be different. And there is the possibility of freedom through deep acceptance of what is flowing through each moment.

Join us Sunday at 10AM Eastern to explore equanimity and open-heartedness.

Open Hearted Presence
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