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Letting Pain Float Meditation

A GUIDED MEDITATION ON LETTING PAIN FLOAT
© 1991 Stephen Levine

(To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.)

As the first meditation opens the body and becomes your own, consider expanding the practice.… read more →

 

Consciousness Transference at the Time of Death–Phowa

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.… read more →

 

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 Mind Toward the Body

1 The Body as Companion

2 The Body Scan

3 Walking Meditation

I

The Heart of Meditation Practice

1 Mutuality and Spirituality

When we face dying, the empathy that comes through mutuality,

spirituality, practice and service can be our strongest allies.… read more →

 

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.… read more →

 

Taking and Sending – Tonglen 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.… read more →

 

Taking and Sending – Tonglen 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.… read more →

 

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.… read more →

 

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.]

Let your attention come to the breath.
Not the thought of the breath, but the direct sensation of the breath,
as it comes and goes by itself.… read more →

 

Healing Meditation

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

Come to a sitting position if possible, or find a posture the body is able to
maintain for a period of time.… read more →

 

Grief Meditation

A MEDITATION ON GRIEF
© 1987 Stephen Levine

[To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.]

Let your eyes close.
As your eyes close and you feel your body breathing, let your hand,
your thumb, press into that point at the center of the chest between the
nipples where it feels so sensitive to the touch.… read more →

 

Forgiveness Meditation

A FORGIVENESS MEDITATION
© 1991 Stephen Levine

[To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.]

Begin to reflect for a moment on what the word “forgiveness” might mean.… read more →

 

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.)

Let your eyes close and bring your attention to the breath.… read more →

 

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.)

[This is a variation on the exploration of Emotions around Pain meditation.… read more →

 

Dying Meditation

A GUIDED MEDITATION ON DYING
© 1991 Stephen Levine

(To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.)

Find a comfortable place to sit and let your eyes close.… read more →