Introduction to Mindfulness – Webinar Series

I work for PeaceHealth; a Vancouver, WA based not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth’s “Healthy You” program provides classes, tools and tips to help and inspire members of our communities on their health journey.

As part of “Healthy You” offering, I conducted a series of 8 hour-long webinars on many different aspects of mindfulness practice. The first webinar was conducted in March 2020 and the final webinar was conducted in July 2020. Each webinar …

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Loving Kindness and Forgiveness – III

Steps for performing Loving Kindness meditation for someone who has hurt or harmed us

Here are the steps you need to follow to perform this meditation:

Step 1) Remember to use phrases like the ones listed below for this practice. Choose ones that resonate with you deeply.

May you be happyMay you be peacefulMay you live with ease

Step 2) Synchronize the practice with your breath:

While inhaling say “May you be”While exhaling say “happy”

Step 3) Now, focus your attention exclusively on yourself. Remember that …

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Loving Kindness and Forgiveness – II

What is Forgiveness?

The following definition of Forgiveness appears on the website of the American Psychological Association.

“Forgiveness is defined as willfully putting aside feelings of resentment toward an individual who has committed a wrong, been unfair or hurtful, or otherwise harmed one in some way. Forgiveness is not equated with reconciliation or excusing another, and it is not merely accepting what happened or ceasing to be angry. Rather, it involves a voluntary transformation of one’s feelings, attitudes, and behavior toward the individual, so that one …

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Loving Kindness and Forgiveness – I

This is a three-part series of blog posts around the use of Loving Kindness practice for forgiving someone who has hurt or harmed us.

The series comprises of the following sections:

Part I

What is Loving KindnessSteps to practice Loving KindnessCategories of recipients of Loving Kindness Meditation

Part II

What is forgiveness?Benefits of forgivenessMyths and Truths of ForgivenessLoving Kindness and ForgivenessImportance of Loving Kindness and Forgiveness during this stressful time

Part III

Steps for performing Loving Kindness meditation for someone who has hurt or harmed usGuided meditation …

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COVID-19 and Tonglen

We now find ourselves in the midst of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. At the date of writing this blog post (as of 02:00 am CEST, 6 April 2020); there are over 1,211,214 confirmed cases around the world with 67,666 confirmed deaths in 209 countries, areas or territories with cases, according to WHO. There is tremendous suffering around the world as this outbreak wreaks havoc wherever it spreads.

During this time of great suffering around the world, the likes of which …

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