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  • Writer's picturePrajina PP

The Power of Self-Love and Meditation: A Journey of Healing

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We often find ourselves juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, constantly striving to meet the expectations of others. In the midst of this chaos, it's essential to take a step back and prioritize our mental and emotional well-being. These beautiful realizations came to me over a conversation with two of my very dear friends over voice notes. I explored the topic of the transformative power of self-love and meditation, and how they can guide us on a journey of healing.

Discovering the Practice of Brahmavihara Meditation

In October 2023, a very dear friend invited me to a Dawn meditation behind conducted by Dani and there we were, at 6 am, seated by East Coast Park, seated in the cool sand not yet warmed by Singapore heat. Oh what an experience, and what a profound impact it left on me! This beautiful meditation practice called Brahmavihara, involves visualizing 4 different people entering your heart space, starting with a version of yourself, then moving on to someone we love deeply, someone we know but don't have a close relationship with, and even someone we may have a challenging relationship with. We then offer blessings such as an increase in good fortune, happiness, freedom from attachments, aversions, fear, shame, and ultimately, complete freedom and wakefulness. This meditation technique allows us to focus on ourselves first, acknowledging the importance of self-care and self-love. Only by filling our own cup can we genuinely extend love and compassion to others. This practice beautifully encompasses the complexities of human emotions and relationships, reminding us that it's okay to have both light and dark moments.

Embracing Our Imperfections

One key takeaway from this meditation practice is the acceptance of our own imperfections. Often, we strive for perfection, rejecting our vulnerable and flawed sides. We feel the need to be strong and independent, believing that seeking help or support indicates weakness. However, in truth, this tendency may stem from a trauma response, a protective mechanism we developed to navigate through life independently.

Recognizing that we all have limitations and moments of weakness is vital for our personal growth and well-being. By acknowledging our humanity, we can cultivate self-compassion and extend it to others. Just as gods and goddesses in Hindu mythology possess their share of imperfections, even the divine has moments of vulnerability and temper tantrums. Embracing our humanness allows us to fully embrace ourselves and reconnect with our inner child, who needs us as much as we need them.

Reparenting the Inner Child

Throughout our lives, we play various roles, from daughters and sons to mothers and fathers. Amidst these roles, we often forget the little person inside us, the inner child who requires reparenting. Every trigger and emotional reaction from our inner child presents an opportunity for self-reflection and growth. We can ask ourselves why we react the way we do, exploring the root causes of our emotional responses. By embarking on this journey of awareness, we begin to unravel and understand ourselves on a deeper level.

Breathwork, another powerful tool for self-discovery, facilitates this process of self-awareness. The breath connects our mind, body, and spirit, allowing us to dive deep within ourselves. By practicing breathwork, we can enhance our somatic experience and explore the emotions and sensations stored in our bodies. This practice, coupled with self-compassion, opens doors to healing, resolution, and transformation.

Incorporating Gratitude and Intention into Daily Life

In addition to meditation and breathwork, incorporating simple practices into our daily lives can have a profound impact on our well-being. One such practice involves setting intentions for the day while filling a cup or vessel with water in the morning. As you fill the cup, you can infuse it with an intention, such as being focused at work or forging deeper connections with others. At the end of the day, pour the water out, signifying the completion of the day and expressing gratitude for all its experiences.

Another powerful practice involves placing a hand on your heart and feeling the support beneath you, whether it's the bed, the floor, or a chair. This simple gesture allows you to connect with your body and acknowledge the support it provides. By taking a moment to appreciate your body and all that it does for you, you cultivate a sense of gratitude and self-love.

Embracing Vulnerability and Seeking Support

It's essential to note that embracing vulnerability and seeking support are signs of strength, not weakness. We often feel the need to hold ourselves together, thinking that asking for help signifies failure. However, we are not meant to navigate through life alone. By reaching out to others and sharing our struggles and vulnerabilities, we invite empathy, understanding, and healing into our lives.

Whether it's through therapy, somatic exercises, or simply confiding in a trusted friend, seeking support can assist us in our healing journey. We must remember that we are not alone in our experiences, and others may have valuable insights and perspectives to offer.

In a world that constantly demands more from us, it's crucial to prioritize our mental and emotional well-being. Practices such as Brahmavihara meditation, breathwork, and intentional gratitude can guide us toward self-love, healing, and personal growth. Embracing our imperfections, reparenting our inner child, and seeking support when needed are vital components of this transformative journey.

As we navigate through life's challenges and joys, let us remember to extend compassion and love to ourselves and others. By embracing vulnerability, acknowledging our humanity, and cultivating self-awareness, we can embark on a path of healing and find solace amidst the chaos. We are worthy of love, connection, and inner peace. May we all embark on this journey of self-discovery and find the courage to shine our light in the world!

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