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Meditations & Rituals For Conscious Living

A Reflective Meditation Process
By Nancy J. Napier and Carolyn M. Tricomi

This book offers a meditation process for conscious living. It invites you to reflect on weekly meditations that allow you to deepen your understanding of themes and practices that bring spiritual experience to life.

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Monthly Themes:

  • JANUARY • STILLNESS
  • FEBRUARY • WHOLENESS
  • MARCH • COMPASSION & LOVINGKINDNESS
  • APRIL • GETTING GROUNDED
  • MAY • MINDFULNESS
  • JUNE • GRATITUDE & GENEROSITY
  • JULY • ONENESS
  • AUGUST • INTENTION
  • SEPTEMBER • CREATING POSSIBILITY & SYNCHRONICITY
  • OCTOBER • PARADOX
  • NOVEMBER • ACTIVE SURRENDER
  • DECEMBER • LIVING CONSCIOUSLY

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The Practice of Meditation

Lovingkindness Meditation

Excerpts from “Sacred Practices for Conscious Living” on the topic Lovingkindness followed by a Meditation Exercise

The journey into wholeness brings many unexpected gifts. One of these is compassion. This extraordinary state of being arises spontaneously when we allow ourselves to recognize that we have at least one thing in common with all beings: our capacity to suffer. This realization creates a bridge of understanding between ourselves and others. As we become more whole and acknowledge the inevitability of our inherent imperfection, our capacity for compassion increases. As it does, a sense of connection with others deepens and expands. Within a context of compassion, we tap into a collective human experience and realize that we are not alone in our suffering. The world becomes populated with people whose deepest yearnings for love, comfort, and security aren’t so very different from our own. For this reason, even as the sources of suffering may differ, depending on our culture and life circumstances, we are alike when it comes to the inevitable fact that we all can be touched by feelings and experiences that cause distress. . .
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The Practice of Meditation

Using Mindfulness for Recentering Meditation

Excerpts from “Getting Through the Day”
Followed by: Using Mindfulness for Recentering – a Meditative Exercise

When you are overwhelmed by the past, how can you reclaim your present-day awareness? This question comes up over and over again in the lives of abuse survivors. Being able to recenter yourself and handle life’s challenges effectively is an important element in determining the quality of your day-to-day experience. It also allows you to pace your healing so that you have times when you are free from the intensity and immediacy of past abuse experiences.
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