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A Receiving Practice (Especially for Women, and Givers)

A Receiving Practice

Drop your awareness down into your lower belly. You can, if you like, put your hand down on this area of your body, allow your breath to sink down, drop down. Have patience, no need to push.

Slowly let go of any holding, and as you are doing that, the breath is invited deeper into your body.
Breathe in to the hand on your lower belly, relax the whole pelvic area.
Begin to look out from this area of the body.
Begin to receive sounds from this area of the body.
Receive the movements around you from this area of the body.
As you are resting here, open yourself for the possibility of attracting towards you that which you long for, to rest here and allow, and attract, and receive that which you long for....

- from Chameli, "About Giving, Bitterness and Learning to Receive",


I just did the "A Receiving Practice", breathing in metta/loving-kindness deeply down to my uterus and pelvic area.

I never realized I was so THIRSTY!

As I breathed in deeply and frequently, like a babe suckling from her Mother's breast hungrily, I wept. This was a beautiful and healing meditation. I'll incorporate this into my daily meditative practice from now on!

NOW, I understand why many years ago, when I was feeling really drained and burnt out, I carried with me a strong sense of having a "tired uterus". I asked about it from doctors, even from Yahoo Answers, and nobody could help. The best one doctor could come up was "stress". The worst answer I got was from some man in Yahoo Answers, "What is that? i don't understand. Nobody can have a tired uterus! It doesn't exist!"

I have long since reclaimed my self from that desert of the soul; Clarissa Pinkola-Estes' "Women Who Run with the Wolves" was my regular companion in the journey. I have grown whole-r, stronger, integrating both my "rational" and wildish senses, but the journey never ends. One re-learns this lesson over and over again

Still, thank God for this article, which is a timely reminder at this time in my life, where I am embarking on a new relationship again and I am balking from having to give again... I actually just wondered earlier if I should just completely "shut down" for now and let him do the giving! (I know, not fair; not even healthy too. :> ) And then, I came upon this article. :D

The Universe, indeed, likes speed!


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