This guided meditation offers a pathway to quieting our mind and calming anxiety. We begin with long deep breathing, and with the breath, engage the image of a smile and relax through the body. Then we practice resting in relaxed awareness, allowing waves of thoughts, feelings and sensations to come and go.
Gratitude is like breathing in – letting ourselves be touched by the goodness in others and in our world. Generosity is like breathing out – sensing our mutual belonging and offering our care. When we are awake and whole, breathing in and out happens naturally. But these beautiful expressions of our heart become blocked when we are dominated by the fear and grasping of our survival brain. This talk explores how we can facilitate the evolution of consciousness with the deliberate cultivation of generosity, and ends with a guided meditation on gratitude and generosity.
The four establishments of mindfulness and its sutta history - as well as the Bhikkhunupassaya Sutta - Directed and Undirected Meditation (SN: 47:10). Suttas available here: https://a-buddha-ujja.hu/sn-47.3/en/bodhi) and here https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn47/sn47.010.olen.html