I wanted to add a short poem from practicing mindfulness practitioner, Bob Sharples, in this post. You will find his words below:
“Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot. Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging.”
A common misconception with meditation convinces people (mindfulness) is a “cure all” for their life issues. Meditation has no such role. Rather, mindfulness brings awareness to the things we need to improve on in our life. It gives us the opportunity to sit alone with ourselves and be embraced in our own presence. The whole essence of meditation is to live in the present while befriending ourselves. Befriending the self follows the pattern self love; which is in turn cradled by gratitude. When we search from within, the beauty of ourselves transforms into the beauty of the moment. What could be more beautiful than redemption through self love? It isn’t just purely self liberation; it takes back your own personal freedom through love.
How can you show yourself body kindness through mindfulness today?
Onward, Always –
Marissa Ranahan – Owner and Meditation Teacher at Karmic Flow