Back when I was in the ER waiting to find out what the hell was going on with me, I was there for a long time (almost 12 hours), and in that time I heard a lot of conversations. One in particular stands out. Right after paramedics had brought in an incredibly intoxicated person, one of the paramedics commented to the ER doctor that he hoped they had a plan in place because the longer this pandemic went on, the more mental health issues would be coming in the door. And that was March 26.
My work has been very good about providing mental health resources for its employees, and while the resources have always been there, during the pandemic there has been more resources sourced out and communications being sent out about mental health. The Public Service Agency has created a Mental Health and Wellness Hub, in which I noted with interest the link for mindful meditation.
I have been practicing mindful mediation for a couple years now. Not as regularly as I could, but certainly when I’m feeling most anxious and stressed. You could say it’s a go-to remedy. I’ve generally followed guided meditations, particularly at bedtime.
I’ve recently, thanks to the arrival of this mala (a huge shout out to RM for it – thank you again), begun using my mala and have been doing self-guided meditation. During these mediations, I generally recite the Metta (Loving Kindness) Prayer
May I be filled with lovingkindness.“The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace” — Jack Kornfield
May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May I be well in body and mind.
May I be at ease and happy.
May you be filled with lovingkindness.
May you be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May you be well in body and mind.
May you be at ease and happy.
May we be filled with lovingkindness.
May we be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May we be well in body and mind.
May we be at ease and happy.
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