In this video, we are only practicing the first phase.
THE RAIN OF FORGIVENESS Forgiving others has two essential phases: The first is an inner process of healing the woundedness beneath the blame, and the second is bringing a compassionate attention to the other person involved. Please consider the first part below as a “stand alone” meditation, and practice it as long as it takes (days, months, years) to feel well established in self-compassion. Then, when you are ready, practice them both as a sequence.
In Tara Brach’s Radical Compassion, Chapter 8- A Forgiving RAIN:
Forgiving means letting go of the protective armor of blame and/or hatred that encases your heart.
Misunderstanding About Forgiveness
- Forgiving Does Not Mean We Should Deny or Suppress Our Anger or Fear, Hurt or Grief
- Forgiving Is Not Condoning Harmful Behavior; nor Does It Mean Passivity or Inaction
- Forgiving Does Not Have to Be Done on Our Own
- Forgiving Is Rarely a One-Shot or Quick Process
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Tara Brach’s RAIN Resources including Study Guide, other PDFs, and audios
I look forward to joining you with this practice throughout the month here on my website, my Tuesday livestream, and also in my free mindfulness classes hosted by My Vinyasa Practice.
Details on all of my classes here. If you need assistance in working through this RAIN process, I can assist you with my Transformational Mindfulness Coaching services. I use this with clients.
Tara Brach, one of the foremost Mindfulness teachers has written a book Radical Compassion. She uses a specific technique called RAIN, which is an acronym that helps us to work with both physically and emotionally challenging experiences, such as anxiety, worry, or guilt. We can use this along with Loving-Kindness meditation.
In meditation classes, I have frequently taught this practice. I’d like to share it with you as well here so you may find a gentleness of compassion and love as you allow the shower of RAIN to wash over you.