Host Lola Wright leads you on a guided meditation on releasing what no longer serves you.
“As you and I lay down our attachments, our judgements, our feelings and opinions, we begin to access a deeper part of ourselves. And we become increasingly more available to those that we have a resonant match for.”
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Lola Wright: Hello, welcome to And This Is Bodhi. I’m your host, Lola Wright. During the month of January, we’re taking a short break from releasing full episodes of this show while we prepare season two. So this month I’ll be sharing a shorter meditation episode with you here each and every Wednesday. Then in February we will be back with season two, so this is an excellent time for you to help us shape the next season. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how you’d like to see this podcast develop. What have you liked so far? What have you not liked and what are you seeking support around? How can this best serve you?
Lola Wright: All right, let us enter into a practice of meditation. This meditation is gentle and easy, but profound and can create a great sense of release. So as you begin to bring your eyes closed and still your body, find yourself in a comfortable position so you can feel completely and totally supported by the seat beneath you. Begin to scan your body from the top of the head to the soles of the feet. Sensing anywhere that you’re gripping or bracing.
Lola Wright: Through the practice of the breath and your conscious awareness invite that part of your body to relax.
Lola Wright: As the breath deepens into the body, begin to sense a kind of vibration in your physical body. You notice the mind wandering, bring your awareness back to your breath. The mind will do what the mind does and it’s always our choice as to whether or not we indulge it. There is an aspect of your being that goes far beyond the capacity of the mind. It’s the still small voice at the center of your being. There is a secret place within you that is this high altar of consciousness that is always available to you. So as we deepen the breath, allow ourselves to go more deeply into the presence of all that is this now moment, this eternal place in space.
Lola Wright: Begin to have the day-to-day activities fall away.
Lola Wright: And allow through your awareness for any recurring patterns of resentment, of hurt, of drama, of judgment to show up. Just allow that to come to the surface.
Lola Wright: You may see faces, interactions, moments, words exchanged.
Lola Wright: Would you be willing to just allow that to unfold as it does before you in your mind’s eye and breathe deeply through it. Imagine you’re becoming more clear of the judgments, the hurts, the resentments that you’re harboring, perhaps towards another, and perhaps towards yourself. Imagine you could begin to release those opinions, feelings, judgments, and hurts through the practice of meditation.
Lola Wright: As you become increasingly honest with yourself around the ways you get hung up, self-righteous, indignant. So you’re willing to shine the light of awareness on those parts of you, those aspects of you, they become looser as your ego can relax and trust the world that it’s created around itself. The need to harbor resentments, unforgiveness, projections is nothing more than a safety measure. Something that has you feel that you remain safe. Would you be willing to consider that whatever you’re going through now that may be coming up as a hurt or a resentment is completely and wholly in service of your becoming, your evolution.
Lola Wright: So with that in mind, would you be willing to bow deeply? To the hurt, the resentments, the feelings, the opinions that are before you and trust that something is happening here. You notice your hurt or your resentments show up around your family of origin. Would you be willing to breathe in to the possibility that they were each doing the very best that they could with what they had. So you breathe in to your hurt, resentments, your conditions or circumstances that feel inhibited or limited, just begin to sense into the organizations and entities, that you’ve been unwilling to forgive up to this now moment. And imagine as you release the obligation that you have them holding something new becomes available. As you and I lay down our attachments, our judgments, our feelings, and our opinions we begin to access a deeper part of ourselves and we become increasingly more available to those that we have a resonant match for.
Lola Wright: So again, deepen the breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Might begin to move your fingers, move your toes, roll your shoulders back, open your chest, erect your spine, deepen your breath and bring your awareness back into this now moment. Bowing deeply to yourself for your practice, your willingness to become still, your willingness to explore the parts of yourself that are hurt. Would you be willing to allow that to be as it is? Trusting that as you do the work, that what you perceived as a hurt, a resentment and unforgiveness becomes much easier to transform, to release, to accept, to allow.
Lola Wright: Thank you for being in this practice with me today. Thank you for enjoying the season of meditation. I hope you are finding this deeply nourishing.
Lola Wright: Let me know how this meditation supported you. I love to hear about your experience. Email me at email@example.com or find me on Instagram and Facebook @lolapwright, and if you’re not already connected to Bodhi online do so @bodhichicago on Instagram and Facebook, and a reminder that all of Bodhi’s programming is made possible by our amazing supporters, our sponsors, our contributors, and you. If this work is meaningful for you in your life, I’d love for you to text the word GIVE to (773) 770-8577 or visit bodhicenter.org/giving. This podcast is produced by Katie Klocksin with editorial guidance from Bodhi’s creative producer, Tyler Greene. I’m your host, Lola Wright. Music for this episode is provided by blue dot sessions. Our theme music is provided by independent music producer Trey Royal. Thanks for being here. See you next week.