Sending and Receiving Love

Sending LoveYesterday I read an article by Ram Dass entitled “I am Loving Awareness,” in which he talked about a meditation practice that can break the spell of ego’s perceptions. There are many such practices, but this one called to me.  I am going through a bit of a physical challenge (another bout of vertigo) and I have also felt a lot of stress lately (I am a world-class stresser), so as I went to bed last night feeling dizzy and trying to relax my tight muscles, I took his instructions to heart:

“I focus my attention in the middle of my chest, on the heart-mind.  I take a few deep breaths into my diaphragm to help me identify with it.  I breathe in love and breathe out love.  I watch all of the thoughts that create the stuff of my mind, and I love everything, love everything I can be aware of.  I just love, just love, just love…I am loving awareness… “

I closed my eyes, felt the slight tremor of dizziness and said, “I love you,” to my uncomfortable self. I paid attention to my breath and said “I love you” to my breath.  I felt my exhale hit bottom, which always feels abrupt when I pay attention to it…the space before breathing in again. I felt the urge to inhale quickly, the moment of brief panic that I sometimes feel when I pay attention to the spaces between breaths, and I sent love into that tiny panic. I felt my neck muscles, shoulder muscles and spine, and breathed love into them. I caught my mind skittering into thoughts, all kinds of thoughts, too many and too fleeting to name, and I sent love to the thoughts.

That was the most challenging part of the exercise for me. Catching my thoughts and actually blessing them, instead of trying to get rid of them, just loving my thoughts no matter how stressed they were, how quickly negative or judgmental they could turn. But I blessed my efforts at blessing my thoughts! I went to sleep in that mindset.

It may sound strange to say, “I love you,” to yourself, but I see that it is a wonderful practice.  It points up, first and foremost, just how much we DON’T love ourselves, because there is such an effort at first in being able to say it authentically. The idea of SENDING love to ourselves, though, gets us in touch with the One who is sending us love every moment of the day. And the idea of then RECEIVING our own love, gets us in touch with receiving God’s love.

In my spiritual community we have been working a lot with the vulnerability, the innocence of receiving. Can we receive our own unconditional love? Can we receive God’s unconditional love? Can we receive healing? Can we receive answers that are beyond our mental conceptions? Can we receive the beauty of this world?

Sending and receiving love. It is a huge, mind-blowing practice!


9 Replies to “Sending and Receiving Love”

  1. I think that receiving love will be hardest for me. Thank you for all of your insight as I contemplate love and how to give/receive.

  2. Another wonderful message, thank you, Angie! Again, we are being asked to move into our heart space because it is in and from that place where we are able to express unconditional love to ourself and to others. Moving into the heart is the perfect reset button no matter what challenges we’re facing or if we’re feeling no particular challenges in the moment and simply wish to expand our love through prayer or meditation. And I adore Ram Dass and everything he points to in reminding us that we ARE loving awareness at all times. We just have to remember it!

    Sharing your personal challenges and triumphs through your posts makes your site such a warm and inviting place. It gives us permission to do the same which is really cool. Thank you, again.

    Sending and receiving LOVE – let our minds be blown!

    1. Thank you, Debbie! I so appreciate it when others share their personal stories that it encourages me to do the same. We are in this together! Love you.

  3. Love this post … I never thought to try this approach when my choir of fleeting thoughts come up during mediation. But I will now!

  4. I am up way too late, not loving myself by getting enough sleep. Off to bed to give this a try…sending and receiving love….to my self, nice…off to sleep well i hope. thanks

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