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Day 10 ~ May Is For Metta 2020: Mother’s Day Metta With Audio

“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

It has turned out to be a beautiful aspect to our annual May Is For Metta practice that Mother’s Day falls in the midst of it each year.  We may tend to think of Mother’s Day as a personal holiday between us and our own Mother, however by expanding our focus we can use this day to shift our consciousness to the greater whole, to transform our relationships big and small, and to deepen in our experience of Mother energy not only in our own lives but in the world as well.  In honor of Mother’s Day today, we will celebrate the energy of the Divine Mother and Mother Earth as part of our practice.

I encourage to explore the practice and to connect with your heart center to ask, which mothers you feel to practice for today.  Perhaps it is your birth mother or the mother who raised you.  Perhaps it’s a grandmother, a friend or teacher, or even a your child or pet.  I’ve realized that I have some dear friends in my life who are men who are like mothers.  Today, I will celebrate them, too.  And, don’t forget to include Mother Nature; she needs our love, too.  Let you heart be your guide and open to experience the heart of Metta as Buddha defined it, a mother’s love for her only child.

Additionally, this year with the current COVID-19 crisis, many people are separated from their mothers or other loved ones.  There may be fear or anxiety about the welfare of those we love and care for.  So there is an opportunity to bring that into your practice for all of the mothers you are thinking of today, whether they are your own or those who are in your circle or community or beyond. 

We have been working to connect with and cultivate the energies of loving-kindness and compassion.   As you may have noticed, it is a process to open ourselves to these qualities and to become receptive to the experience of loving ourselves.   Just as a mother can so easily listen to her children, the feminine energy within us has the power to deepen our ability to listen, to be still and to go within ourselves.  It also has the capacity to help us love and accept ourselves unconditionally.

On the simplest level, we can say that the heart is connected to the feminine energy within us and the mind to the more masculine aspect.   As human beings, we encompass both feminine and masculine.  Our goal is to achieve wholeness, a marriage or union of these energies.  And yet, historically, especially in our modern culture, we have become more focused on the systems of mind and logic rather than the heart and intuition.   Through our practice today, we will honor the feminine energy within us, in others and in the world, recognizing that it supports us embodying lovingkindness and compassion in a bigger way!

I would like to share this Mother’s Day Metta Meditation, previously recorded during May Is For Metta 2014 for anyone who would like to work with it as part of their practice today.  

Listen To Mother’s Day Metta Audio…

Note:  For many people Mother’s Day is a joyful day, a time of celebration.  For some who have lost their mothers, may have never known their birth mothers, or those who have a big “mother wound” due to the nature of their relationship, Mother’s Day can be a day that brings us difficult and painful feelings.  This is a perfect opportunity to notice what’s arising within us and practice offering lovingkindness and compassion to ourselves as well as any mothers we wish to  connect with today.

Daily Practice:

Do your foundational practices.  Take some extra time today to focus on deepening your receptivity to loving-kindness and compassion.  Honor the feminine energy with you and open to the wisdom of receptivity and the creation of sacred space within your heart.  This energy helps to open us to receive divine love into the core of our being.  Offer yourself the time and space to really open your heart today, allowing stillness and love to blossom within you.  Use your whatever method you feel to generate the energy of loving-kindness.  When you feel deeply rooted in loving-kindness and the energy of 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 or it that feels too vast, choose a place in nature you feel connected to as a focus.  Begin to offer loving-kindness to Mother Earth by enveloping her in the heart qualities you have been cultivating.  Begin by saying to yourself, “Just as I wish to be happy and free from suffering, may you be happy and free from suffering.”  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.  It may be a mother you cannot be with today but would like to connect with.  You may practice for as many mothers as you feel to. 

Call an image to mind of your Beloved.  Begin by saying to yourself, “Just as I wish to be happy and free from suffering, may you be happy and free from suffering.”  Begin to offer her loving-kindness and repeat the phrases for your beloved:

  • 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.  And, finally dedicate the merit of your practice in the following way or as you are called to:

  • May all beings have happiness and it’s cause.
  • May all beings be free of suffering, joyous content and at ease.
  • May all beings be balanced in equanimity towards one and all.
  • May the merit of my practice be for my own benefit and for that of all sentient beings. 

Daily Journal Reflections:

Take some time to reflect and journal about any experiences, feelings or awareness that arose during your practice or throughout the day today.  

  • 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?
  • What arose for you as you explored Mother’s Day Metta?
  • Are you getting more comfortable spending time in your heart center? Being still?

Wishing you a happy Divine Mother’s Day.

Tashi Deleh! (I honor the greatness within you!).

Beth


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