One of my favorite forms of mindfulness meditation is called yoga nidra (sleep of the yogis). I learned the form taught by Richard Miller, called Integrative Restoration, or iRest(TM). This approach was the first that truly taught me the meaning of welcoming and accepting what arises.
I’ve led iRest(TM) groups in employee assistance programs and intensive outpatient programs and have not ceased to be amazed at its gentle ability to teach people to open to and become gradually more able to tolerate difficult aspects of their experiences. I’ve been grateful to bear witness to this in others as its a large part of the gift I’ve received from the practice.
Today, this week really but culminating today, I’ve had the opportunity to face some experiences from the past that I hadn’t realized still had such a voice in how I live now.
I’ll preserve my privacy about the content, but the mindfulness process—of observing and welcoming what arises—has been invaluble in meeting it. Once again, the meditation practice teaches the lesson that these objects (thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations) come and go, and awareness remains.