You are loved, a meditation

Focus on your breathing, just noticing the soft rising and falling of your belly, or the breath as it comes in at your nostrils.  Now be aware of your body – this bag of bones and water that carries you around.  This body full of experience – joys and sorrows.  This body with the capacity to love, to laugh, to weep, to feel pain, to feel ecstasy.  Love your body and care for it as you would care for a child.  Be aware of the tensions and the unspoken feelings stored in your body, and let yourself gently experience them, and be comforted by the soft animal grace of your body.  Just be with your body for a while.  [long pause]

Now become aware of your body’s capacity for connection with others, [pause] and for connection with the beauty of nature [pause], and for connection with the Divine [pause].

Know that you are worthy of love… your body is worthy of love… you are loved.

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