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MeditationAccessing Love, Even When It’s Difficult

Accessing Love, Even When It’s Difficult

When we’re feeling disappointed or angry, it can sometimes be hard to access compassion. This meditation will help you release the difficult emotions and remember the love you have for your child.

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Hi, it's Sam. So let's take this moment to find a private space where you can get into a comfortable seated or lying down position. And if you'd like, feel free to close your eyes. And let's just start with a slow, deep breath, feeling your lungs and your abdomen expanding and contracting as you remind yourself that this is time just for you, time to make space for yourself and all of your thoughts and feelings. And see if you can bring to mind a moment when your child was kind, thinking of a time that they said or did something that you found delightful, something that made you smile and feel love for them, maybe a feeling of pride or connection with them. As you bring a moment like this to mind, see how many sensory details you can notice about that moment. Where were you? Can you remember the sound of their voice? Maybe you can even remember the temperature of the place you were in, or who was with you. And see if you can recall sensations in your body. How did the space around your heart feel in that moment? Can you imagine the look on your face or the look on your child's face? Maybe you were both smiling or laughing. And notice any emotions that were present, seeing if you can name a few, like joy or excitement. Maybe you noticed an urge to hug or hold them, or just a feeling of love. Just allowing these emotions and sensations to soak in. Remembering that this too is a vital part of your relationship with your child and how you feel toward them sometimes. Let's take a slow, deep breath in and an even slower breath out, feeling the ground beneath you supporting you. And notice any sense in the air, maybe noticing the temperature of the room you're in. And then when you're ready, just gently opening your eyes. So take a moment to thank yourself for practicing today, and I look forward to practicing again with you soon....


Duration4 min

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  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Eve is a mindfulness teacher, overseeing Headspace’s meditation curriculum. She is passionate about sharing meditation to help others feel less stressed and experience more compassion in their lives.

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  • As a meditation teacher, Dora encourages others to live, breathe, and be with the fullness of their experiences. She loves meditation’s power to create community and bring clarity to people’s minds.

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  • Kessonga has been an acupuncturists, therapist, and meditation teacher, working to bring mindfulness to the diverse populations of the world.

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  • Rosie Acosta has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years and taught for over a decade. Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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