You belong here. Stay & rest.

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It’s okay to not feel okay right now. It’s okay to feel sad, lost, confused, angry, and all the feelings. You are welcome as you are in this space. You belong here even when you don’t feel your best.

I hope you can lean into that. I welcome you here with a loving and gentle awareness for you and all that is present right now.

You are welcome. You belong here. Stay and rest. Rest as a form of meditation, care, love, and acceptance. Rest as a fundamental practice of well-being as explored in my post last week.

“Resting is a very important practice; we have to learn the art of resting. Resting is the first part of Buddhist meditation. You should allow your body and your mind to rest. Our mind as well as our body needs to rest.

The problem is that not many of us know how to allow our body and mind to rest. We are always struggling; struggling has become a kind of habit. We cannot resist being active, struggling all the time. We struggle even during our sleep.

It is very important to realize that we have the habit energy of struggling. We have to be able to recognize a habit when it manifests itself because if we know how to recognize our habit, it will lose its energy and will not be able to push us anymore….

We have to practice in order to be able to transform this habit in us. The habit of struggle has become a powerful source of energy that is shaping our behavior, our actions and our reactions.” — Zen Meditation Master Thich Nhat Hanh on rest

Can you allow yourself the space to be here right now, allowing, resting, and receiving and offering yourself care? Take off your shoes. Enjoy a glass of water. When you’re ready, find a supportive position seated, standing, or lying down and take in this guided meditation practice of allowing and resting.

—Lissa E.

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Published by lissa e.

Lissa's offerings include integrative mental health care, meditation and movement (yoga, qigong, intuitive) guidance, writings, and community facilitation offered in a compassionate, trauma-responsive, and racial and social justice-oriented framework as part of a lifelong mission to reduce suffering for all beings.

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