Breathing In Breathing Out Affirmations: Meditation for a Centered Life

Hey, my friends. Hope you’re ready for an amazing weekend. The affirmations in my most recent video focus on key areas of your life. The seven-minute meditative experience helps you release, relax, and let go, as you infuse your mind with the affirmations.

The affirmations are book-ended by a phrase important for this crazy moment we’re experiencing right now.

Inside is the new outside.

The Affirmations:

  1. Breathing in, I accept today. Breathing out, I embrace tomorrow.
  2. Breathing in, I see all I can achieve. Breathing out, I achieve it.
  3. Breathing in, I see my truth. Breathing out, I live my truth.
  4. Breathing in, I am in this moment. Breathing out, I am this moment.
  5. Breathing in, I embody love. Breathing out, I feel completely loved.
  6. Breathing in, my health is good. Breathing out, I am completely healed.
  7. Breathing in, I become my happiness. Breathing out, my happiness becomes me.
  8. Breathing in, I accept what is. Breathing out, I am resolved to make it better.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

One with the Universe Affirmation is Now Available for Download.

Hey, everyone! My latest affirmation is now available for download to your playlist. This one is 23-minute meditative experience that connects you to the wider cosmos.

You can listen, watch the video, or download. Whether you download it or not, I’d love to get your feedback in it.

Just in case no one has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

Simple Loving Kindness Meditation

Good morning, my friends. The esteemed Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. For the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful work to bring an end to the Vietnam War.

He called his work “Engaged Buddhism.” While older monks sought to remain above the fray in the the country’s civil war, Thay, as he’s known to his students today, led a group of younger monks who worked actively to stop the war. 

For his trouble, the victorious North Vietnamese exiled him from the country. Their loss was the West’s gain. He established his Plum Village Monastery in France and began sharing his message of peace and compassion with western readers.

My favorite book of his is Peace Is Every Step. The book is filled with wisdom and insight into our struggles as human beings and ways to release ourselves from them.

In that book, Hanh shares a simplified version of a Metta (Loving-Kindness) meditation that I have used off and in for many years. It’s a fantastic mantra for meditation, but is also a fantastic aspirational affirmation.

May I be happy.
May I be peaceful.
May I be free from suffering.

May all beings be happy.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be free from suffering.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Meanderings on Enlightenment 1990

I wrote straight out of a very powerful visualization meditation on a warm spring afternoon in 1990. I came across it this morning and thought I’d share.

Just in case no one else reminds you today, YOU are awesome!

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay inspired!

Ray

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Cultivating Equanimity – Day 264 of 365 Days to a Better You

The standard dictionary definition for equanimity is mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.

In Buddhism, equanimity is one of the four sublime states of being. The Buddhist teacher, Gil Fronsdal, describes it this way.

Neither a thought nor an emotion, it is rather the steady conscious realization of reality’s transience. It is the ground for wisdom and freedom and the protector of compassion and love. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being. The Buddha described a mind filled with equanimity as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.

Sounds like a quality I’d like to develop more fully, but how?

Broadly speaking, meditation, prayer, or communing with nature can gain you temporary equanimity. The goal, though, is to bottle it so you can take with you into life’s adversity and, “Keep your head when all about you are losing theirs,” as Rudyard Kipling put it.

Buddha described seven qualities that create equanimity. These are qualities you and I can develop with or without Buddhist practice.

  1. Virtue or integrity
  2. Faith
  3. Well-developed mind
  4. Well-being
  5. Wisdom
  6. Insight
  7. Freedom

If this topic interests you and you’re wanting a little deeper dive, I’ve outlined the seven qualities and how to achieve them here.

Have a fantastic evening, my friends! Thank you all for your support of this blog and my work.

Ray

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