Overcoming Addiction Series, Support Meditation #5: Loving the Self - 15 minute version

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Overcoming Addiction Series, Support Meditation #5: Loving the Self - 15 minute version

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Allow your spine to elongate from its base all the way up to the crown of the head. Your shoulders are relaxed. You may want to put your thumbs and index fingers touching, palms down, on your thighs or knees, or you may want to put your palms one above the other and rest them on your lap. During meditation, whatever posture your body assumes, just allow it to remain in that position. Follow your breath as it naturally comes in… and goes out… comes in… and goes out… Acknowledge any thoughts that come up - then let them go as if they were clouds floating by in the sky. Let's do that for a few moments…. Long in-breath --- long out-breath --- long in-breath - long out-breath…

Louise Hay, motivational author, best known for her book “You Can Heal Your Life”, defines addictions as “running away from the self. Fear. Not knowing how to love the self”. She goes on to say that “few people realize that addiction is an illness of the spirit and it is ultimately a form of violence towards the self: addicts most often know what they are doing is self-destructive and have moments of lucidity where they seek to come out of the addictive cycle. It’s not easy though, as addiction has been put in place to fill a void that was there in first place: addictive behaviours automatically cease if that void is filled with something that supports and honours the spirit. And that’s why mindfulness meditation practices are about the only thing that can work - and do. The new thought pattern needed to heal addiction is: “I now discover how wonderful I am. I choose to love and enjoy myself”.

Let’s repeat that now………… 

“I now discover how wonderful I am. I choose to love and enjoy myself”...