Greetings! Two more meetings before we take a summer hiatus, but please feel free to contact me any time for support or for an impromptu practice! We will resume weekly in-person or virtual meetings, as legally required by Alberta Health, in September.
Today’s class was based on an intention submitted by one of our members regarding how to handle strong thoughts of self-criticism and the difficult emotions that cascade from that. Our traditional mindfulness practice thus transitioned into a guided practice regarding awareness of painful thoughts and emotions of self-judgement, in the body and in our achievements in the physical world (I am not _____ enough).
Often we (and for sure me!) know (brain) that our feelings of unworthiness are not logical, but the subconscious or barely-conscious is still busy busting our chops. This is called a lack of heart-mind congruence and it is an important step in the path to self-knowledge, acceptance and forgiveness. By identifying where we feel unworthy, we can offer ourselves the love in loving-kindness meditation practice that is often so much easier to give to others.
“You can be fully satisfied with where you are, understanding that you’re eternally evolving. When you get into that place of feeling appreciation of where you are and of who you are, and appreciation of what you are, and you accept that you are a never-ending, always unfolding Being, then you can stand in that delicate balance of being optimistic about what is to come, without being unhappy about where you stand.” – Abraham