Step 1:CHANGING THE VIEW
Take five postures that you know well – nothing too complicated, or too rigorous. In each posture, watch the movement of your breath. You’re actually observing the movements of your mind and heart. The body reflects our thoughts and emotions and the body becomes the physical shape of the mind and heart. Recognise that where your breath goes easily are the areas of your body in or about which you are comfortable. Where it doesn’t flow easily are the areas of some holding – either emotional, mental, or both. With time, the nature of the constriction can be revealed, but our first step is becoming familiar with the internal landscape of our body.
Step Two: MOVING THE MIND
Using the same five postures, settle into them and imagine that your breath carries your mind into any area of the body that you like. As you draw a gentle breath into your right hip for instance, imagine this breath like a fresh breeze; lightly brushing the area of the hip, the internal crested shape, and the organs and glands that are in that area Move your breath and mind everywhere you can imagine, and note the places that you can’t breathe into, or can’t imagine breathing into. Watch and observe how you feel during and after this moving of the mind. Listen to the thoughts that arise and feel the emotions that come up from either lingering in a particular area, or not being able to easily access an area offerfrom deep within your heart these same phrases to all sentient beings: everything on our planet and beyond
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Once you have discovered the areas of your internal landscape that aren’t so easily accessible, choose a restorative posture to explore those areas- something that is very easy to stay in for a longer period of time. For instance, if you aren’t breathing into your heart area/chest very easily, roll a mat up and place it directly behind the heart centre, just below your shoulder blades. Lie on this roll for at least ten minutes.
Once you are in the restorative pose, just rest your awareness gently inside, returning your mind to this place every time you notice that you have wandered. Don’t expect anything to happen; simply ‘sit’ as if you were with a dear friend who needs you and. just being by their side in silence, is enough to provide ease.
As you move from one posture to another, be as mindful of the transition times as you are in the pose itself. These can be very revealing moments, reflecting the internal adjustments that occur mainly unconsciously.
May I be loved and know i am loved May I love others freely and abundantly ?f May I be forgiving / May I be at ease May / be free from all suffering
Next, offer from deep within your heart these same phrases to all sentient beings: everything on our planet and beyond. Imagine these sentiments radiating from your heart outwards in all directions. Sit quietly after this practice and allow your mind to rest on your breath.
You can repeat one or more of the Metta phrases as you are practising asana. Apply them as needed, whenever you hear yourself judge or criticise yourself during your practice for instance, say ‘May
I be at ease or ‘May I be loved – whatever suits the moment.
So. we begin with simply noticing how things are moment-to-moment. watching the breath without manipulating or changing it. Then we notice where we are comfortable breathing, and the places where we aren’t yet.
Next, we deliberately and kindly move awareness and breath to the areas we noted weren’t so easily accessed. By resting the mind in a particular place, slowly whatever it might have been holding can become known, or at least seen.
Finally, we apply loving kindness and compassion-toward ourselves, then to all sentient beings.