Today is a day that welcomes new beginnings. Today is any day when this message reaches you and invites you to be present to noticing who you are and the offering you can be in this world. This is a mindfulness meditation practice that invites you to start with the breath. The mudra (or hand gesture) that is offered within the meditation and pictured above is called Pushpaputa mudra, and is a simultaneous gesture of offering and receiving.
A Blog Post by Judy Thompson, Director Mind-Body Services:
As we enter into the month of November, we enter into a time of excitement and wonder with holiday celebrations, as well as a time of emotional ups and downs. This experiencing of emotions can be felt in the gathering and coming together with family and friends, as well as the emotional landscape within ourselves in facing old “roles” of ourselves within these family constructs. It’s important to allow yourself to reflect on the “you” that you are in the present day, rather than the “you” that you were born into, or that your family created around you.
Compassion for yourself is pivotal at this time of stress. You will come away feeling more strength from within, and your clarity will further be communicated, not only through your body language and posture, but also through a breadth and depth of understanding of your more true self.
Use this 9 minute breath of compassion as a tool to invite your true self to be more present and aware. It draws upon the Tibetan practice of tonglen, which means giving and taking. The offering and symbolism of this practice, is to inhale in the suffering and difficulty of self and other, and exhale out compassion and warmth to self and all others who suffer similarly. Cognitively, stretching your awareness of suffering beyond yourself and your ego, detaches you from the very pain, emotionality and limitations of the suffering itself. Compassion, broadens your sense of kindness towards others and from a spiritual perspective purifies negative karma.