Grief Articles

Prayers of Loving-Kindness

                        During metta practice you will visualize a person and send them a prayer of loving-kindness. You will begin with yourself and radiate well-wishes to all beings everywhere. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 63

Mindfulness and Forgiveness

                        Remember that forgiveness is not about condoning bad behavior, or allowing it to happen again. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 62    

Powerful Emotions & The Middle Path

                      If this practice brings up a powerful edge, or you feel unable to send yourself forgiveness at this time, find your breath and continue to explore these sensations in your body from the perspective of the Middle Path; neither pushing them away nor attaching Read More

Embracing Yourself With Loving-Kindness

                        Imagine that you can bring your breath to all of these sensations in your body in order to soften the edge and embrace yourself with loving-kindness. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 60

Notice Emotions & Feel Your Breath

                      Notice the emotions and sensations that show up as you remember: sadness, regret, confusion, shame, guilt. Simultaneously feel your breath in your body. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 60

Working Toward Forgiveness

                        Start with something small. You can work towards forgiving yourself for the bigger things. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 56

Attending to Anger Mindfully

                        Thich Nhat Hanh explains that the skillful way to attend to anger is with patience and mindfulness: mindful breathing, mindful walking, embracing our anger, studying our perceptions, and recognizing that the person who caused our anger suffers, too. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page Read More

Transforming Anger

                        Comfort your anger and then transform it with compassion. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 56

Mindfulness & Anger

                        In Anger: Buddhist Wisdom for Cooling the Flames (2001), Thich Nhat Hanh writes: “Mindfulness does not fight anger or despair. Mindfulness is there in order to recognize.” From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 56

Changing Relationships

                        It is inevitable that the nature of your existing relationships will change. You will develop a new intimacy with some people . . . and let some other relationships go. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 54