Attention and compassion are twins that keep us in the present moment instead of living in the past and future which is exhausting and distressing. To cultivate compassion, wishing well is the mantra of our Wednesday Pause meditation for #WorldMentalHealthDay.
Wishing well a person whom you have an easy relationship with, someone who is experiencing difficulty, yourself in the midst of a difficult time, and those around you.
It’s possible that wishing yourself well might be the most awkward, even seemingly un-deserving. It could also be triggering, leading to more judgments, what is called a backdraft.
The purpose is to bring to bear an intention rather than to create any special feelings. And so the invitation is to keep wishing yourself well, bit by bit like dipping your toes in a cold pond.
This traditional Irish blessing comes to mind for you.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And rain falls soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Guide: Noelle Lim
Duration: 13 mins
Image credit: Amy Baugess, Unsplash