Category Archives: Meditations

Softening Pain Meditation

A GUIDED MEDITATION ON SOFTENING PAIN
© 1987 Stephen Levine
[To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.]

Letting Pain Float Meditation

Letting Pain Float Meditation
© 1987 Stephen Levine
[To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.]

Consciousness Transference at the Time of Death

Consciousness Transference at the Time of Death Joan Halifax Roshi Upaya Zen Center Project on Being with Dying 1 Coming Home to the Pureland Phowa or the transference of consciousness at the time of death is the sixth yoga of the Tibetan 12th century scholar Naropa. A practice in the Bon religion, phowa is a […]

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditations for Being with Dying Joan Halifax Roshi I The Heart of Meditation Practice 1 Mutuality and Spirituality 2 Stabilizing the Mind and Body 3 Six Aspects of Mindfulness Practice 4 Support for Our Practice II Mindfulness Practice with an emphasis on Concentration III Mindfulness Practice with an emphasis on Insight IV Turning the […]

The Practice of Presence

The Practice of Presence: Meditations on Being Fully Present Joan Halifax Roshi Opening to Presence No matter what kind of activities we engage in, our attitude of openness and inclusiveness is essential as a basis for our working with dying, death, caring, and grieving. We aspire to develop openness to situations as they are by […]

Transforming the Suffering of Physical Pain

Meditations on Transforming the Suffering of Pain Joan Halifax Roshi 1 Being with Pain Pain is part of our experience of life in a human body. There is no way to escape from feeling pain sooner or later. We often fear pain and feel victimized by it. Being in pain now we may remember pain […]

Taking and Sending 2

Meditation: Tonglen or Giving and Receiving: A Practice of Great Mercy Joan Halifax Roshi 1 Cultivating Mercy The practice of Tonglen or Giving and Receiving is done to develop our compassion and our ability to be present for our own suffering and the suffering of others. It is also a practice of great kindness that […]

Taking and Sending 1

Taking & Sending Meditation This mediation can be done for yourself, for your loved one, or for groups of people (the world, your family, your co-workers etc.). The person or people you are doing it for do not need to be present for the meditation. This is a good exercise for a caregiver to do […]

Ah Breath

The AH Breath This exercise that a caregiver or a guide does with a patient allows the patient to deeply let go into the relaxation of a vast and spacious mind. If the patient has a cardiac or other condition that could possibly make sudden relaxation dangerous, don’t do this exercise. The Exercise: *The person […]

Letting Go Meditation

A MEDITATION ON LETTING GO
© 1987 Stephen Levine
(FROM Who Dies?)
[To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.]

Healing Meditation

A GUIDED HEALING MEDITATION
© 1987 Stephen Levine
(To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.)

Grief Meditation

A MEDITATION ON GRIEF
© 1987 Stephen Levine
[To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.]

Forgiveness Meditation

A FORGIVENESS MEDITATION
© 1991 Stephen Levine
[To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.]

Emotions Around Pain Meditation

A GUIDED MEDITATION ON THE EMOTIONS AROUND PAIN
© 1991 Stephen Levine
(To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.)

Finishing Business Around Pain Meditation

A GUIDED MEDITATION ON FINISHING BUSINESS AROUND PAIN
© 1991 Stephen Levine
(To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.)

Dying Meditation

A GUIDED MEDITATION ON DYING
© 1991 Stephen Levine
(To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.)