Do you have an inner critic in your head that tells you you're "not enough"—"not good enough," "You haven't done enough," nagging you to do more of that endless to-do list, to finish that project, handle those household repairs, answer that email, pay those bills, answer that phone call, and more. There is always more to do, so much that we can become human doings, not human beings.
And it is never enough. Even though we're stressed and exhausted by it all, we're never enough.
Lately, I've realized that this can be a sign that our lives are out of balance. We are more than what we do. We are evolving souls, here to learn, grow, rejoice, and flourish, each in our own unique way. And we need to be kind to ourselves.
If you've been feeling overwhelmed lately, I invite you to join me in this version of the Loving Kindness Meditation.
Take a deep, mindful breath and slowly release it.
Then say to yourself:
"May I be filled with loving kindness. May I be safe. May I be well. May I be peaceful and at ease. May I be guided by the light. May I be happy."
Next, think of someone you love—a dear friend, family member, or pet and say
"May you be filled with loving kindness. May you be safe. May you be well. May you be peaceful and at ease. May you be guided by the light. May you be happy."
Then let your meditation expand to include everyone you know, even everyone on this planet and say
"May we all be filled with loving kindness. May we be safe. May we be well. May we be peaceful and at ease. May we be guided by the light. May we be happy."
Wishing you loving kindness and peace of mind on the path.