For the month of March, we are focusing on the book Radical Compassion by Tara Brach where she details the RAIN practice. Radical Compassion introduces the RAIN meditation as a powerful spiritual technology for cultivating compassion in the face of difficult emotions, limiting beliefs and conflicts with others. Through the acronym RAIN (Recognize-Allow-Investigate-Nurture) we can awaken the qualities of mature compassion—an embodied, mindful presence, active caring, and all-inclusive heart.
Chapter 5 – Freeing Yourself from Shame
As Tara tells us in Radical Compassion, Not all shame is toxic as shame wants our survival and was used when we were early humans to protect us. Shame turns toxic when it tells us that there is something wrong with us, or I can’t belong as I am. What happens is we become identified with this bad self. Here is where negative self-beliefs take over and we sink lower.
The N- Nurture aspect of RAIN can assist us in letting in love. When we can’t access self-compassion we can find other sources of NURTURE. It could be visualizing a friend or family member comforting us, a spiritual figure or being, a pet, nature, our Higher Self, it may be sharing Loving-Kindness phrases with ourselves. Placing hand on heart, hugging ourselves. Anyway that we can touch the caring, loving, experiences that can nourish us.
That’s what our meditation will help us with today. To realize the blessings of love.
Buy the book, Radical Compassion, on Amazon
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.