Seeing the Love That's Here
If you're in a trance of self-judgment, you tend to feel utterly alone. You forget the fullness of who you are, and you easily get stuck focusing on your perceived shortcomings or flaws. Remembering who and what supports you can help break the trance and bring you back to a sense of wholeness and connection.
For this practice, start by closing your eyes. Bring to mind anyone by whom you have felt supported: teachers, friends, loved ones, family, mentors. These could be people who are living, or who have passed away. You might also have felt supported by spiritual figures who you have never met. And there may be artists, musicians, writers and activists who, simply by living their lives and sharing their work with the world, have nourished you in a powerful way. Let yourself remember them.
You might also feel supported by certain animals ~ maybe a much-loved pet, or an animal you feel a strong connection with; a spirit animal. And letâ€™s not forget plants ~ maybe a favorite flower or tree has really felt nurturing for you.
Also, see if there are any places where you feel especially at home ~ a country, a city, a town, a landscape, a specific location by the sea or in the mountains or woods; a house, a building, or a place that you may know only in your imagination, but where you feel at peace.
If you have difficulty bringing to mind any of these types of resources, you can put your hand on your heart. Take a few breaths and let it register that your own heart is always here with you: 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Pause here for as long as you like, and notice how you feel as you allow yourself to perceive and receive the love that's present in your life right now, in all its forms and expressions.