Building Resiliency
It takes a lot of energy to ignore something that wants our attention. Imagine putting a beach ball underwater. At first it is pretty easy, but the longer we hold it underwater, the more force it takes to keep it underwater. Eventually, it becomes to be too much and the ball explodes out of the water. Because experiencing sensations in the body that accompany difficulties can be a taunting task, a lot of us immediately want to hide them out of sight. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong! Not allowing them to be present causes the pressure within them to build. Much like the beach ball being held underwater, these sensations will be forced out eventually and usually at the expense of an innocent bystander. In this day 14 meditation, William has us think of a minor difficulty we’ve experienced either in our life now or in our past, and allow the accompanying sensations to be. By utilizing a metta tool, we allow the sensations to be until they fade. This is the building blocks of resiliency to difficulties and their accompanying sensations. Sitting in an upright position, I brought my awareness to my breath. Then I began to incorporate feeling sensations in and on my body along with my awareness on my breath. After a short time of feeling the breath and sensations in and on my body, I introduced a minor difficulty into my awareness that I had recently. Immediately, I felt my heartbeat shoot up and a tightness in my stomach. While sitting with these sensations, I began to breathe into and from these areas. Bringing my imagination into the mix, I visualized light going in and compassion going out with each breath. Allowing these sensations to just be while breathing, my heartbeat began to slow and my stomach softened. Eventually, the sensations subsided and I began to smile to myself. I am building resiliency for my future self. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️