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Day 13 of May is for Metta 2012: Loving-kindness for Mother’s Day

Day 13

“All nature that we behold is the mother aspect of God, because in nature we find beauty, gentleness, and kindness. The flowers, birds, and the beauties of nature all speak of the Mother aspect of God-the creative motherly instinct of God. When we look at all the good things in nature, we feel a tenderness rise within us; we can see and feel God in nature.

The Divine Mother is so beautiful! But remember, in Her higher manifestation even that beauty is formless. She is in everything. Her divine, compassionate love is expressed in the raindrops. Her beauty is reflected in the colors of the rainbow. She offers fresh hope to mankind with the rose-tinted clouds at dawn.

Above all, be ever conscious of Her presence in your heart.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

In honor of Mother’s Day today, we will celebrate the energy of the Divine Mother and feminine energy in our practice.  We have been working to connect with and cultivate the energies of loving-kindness and compassion.  As most of us have experienced, it is a process to open ourselves to these qualities, to become receptive to love for ourselves.  Just as a mother so easily listens to her children, the feminine energy within us has the power to deepen our ability to listen, be still and go within.   On the simplest level, we can say that the heart is connected to the feminine energy within us and the mind to the masculine.  Our goal is to achieve wholeness, a marriage or union of these energies.  And yet, historically, especially in our culture, we have been more focused on systems of mind and logic rather than heart and intuition.  Through our practice today, we will honor the Divine Mother within us, in others and in the world.

Daily Practice: Do your foundational practices.  Take some extra time today to focus on deepening your receptivity to loving-kindness and compassion.  When we speak of feminine energy, the wisdom of receptivity and creation of sacred space within our heart to receive divine love is at the core.  Offer yourself the time and space to really open your heart today and allow stillness and love to blossom within you.  When you feel connected to the energies of loving-kindness and the heart, say a few rounds of phrases for yourself:

  • May I be happy.
  • May I be peaceful.
  • May I be free of suffering.
  • May I have ease of well-being.

When you feel complete in practicing for yourself, move onto the Benefactor.  Let us honor Mother Earth as our Benefactor/Mentor for today.  She nurtures and sustains us in each and every moment.  Call an image of Mother Earth into your mind.  Begin to offer loving-kindness to her by enveloping her in the heart qualities you have been cultivating.  Offer the phrases for Mother Earth.

  • May you be happy.
  • May you be peaceful.
  • May you be free of suffering.
  • May you have ease of well-being.

Spend as long as you feel to practicing Metta for Mother Earth.  When you feel ready to move on, let her image go and return to your heart center.  Again, spend a few moments allowing yourself to open your heart to receive love and deepen your experience of the sacred space within your being.

For the category of Beloveds, choose one or two mothers whom you would like to send loving-kindness and compassion to today.  It can be your own mother or grandmother, someone who is like a mother to you or a just a mother you wish to honor on this day.  You may practice for as many mothers as you feel to.  Call an image to mind of your Beloved.  Begin to offer her loving-kindness and repeat the phrases for her:

  • May you be happy.
  • May you be peaceful.
  • May you be free of suffering.
  • May you have ease of well-being.

When you feel complete, continue on to another mother if you feel to or return to your heart center.  Practice as long as you feel to or have committed to for today.  Spend a few moments reflecting on your practice.  Notice how it felt to connect with the energy of the Divine Mother and the feminine energies within your self, others and in the world.

Take a few moments to dedicate the merit of your practice asking that it benefit your self, others and all beings without exception.

Journal Notes: Did you spend some extra time in your heart today?   How did it feel to practice for Mother Earth?  Did you explore working with more than one Beloved?  How did that feel?  Are you getting more comfortable spending time in your heart center? being still?

Today is a wonderful today to take your practice out into the world.  Spend some time offering Metta to those you see as you go about your day, perhaps a loved one or friends who you are with today.

Wishing you a happy Divine Mother’s Day.

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