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Living Dying Project

Living Dying Project

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Published by: Dew Nada on Oct 13, 2009
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Taking & Sending Meditation
This mediation can be done for yourself, for your lovedone, or for groups of people (the world, your family, yourco-workers etc.). The person or people you are doing itfor do not need to be present for the meditation. This is agood exercise for a caregiver to do for themselves. If youare feeling anxious about your loved one's death, forexample, you can visualize the "anxious caregiver". Anypart of you or someone else that needs compassion canbe addressed with this mediation.
The Meditation: Taking with Compassion & Sendingwith Love
* We will illustrate the meditation in terms of thecaregiver doing the mediation for the person who is ill,but it can be applied to any circumstance.Caregiver: Bring the mind home. Rest in the nature of compassion. If you choose, invoke a deity who representscompassion to you. Become aware of your loved one'ssuffering. Begin to generate compassion for her. Begin tofeel a wish that she be free of suffering. You feel the wishso deeply that you become willing to take the sufferingfrom her.As you breathe in you visualize your loved one's sufferingcongealing into dark smoke and coming out of her bodyand coming into every pore of your body and into thecenter of your heart.As you breathe out you visualize that you're sending yourloving kindness and healing as white moonlight.
The dark smoke and white moonlight are visualizations tokeep your mind focused. If they seem cumbersome youcan let go of them. The main practice is the feelings of love and compassion. You are not taking the pain ordisease, but taking the suffering with compassion.
© living/dying project 2002
The AH Breath Relaxation Exercise
This is a deep relaxation technique that one person doesfor another person (i.e. the caregiver for the patient). If the patient has a cardiac or other condition that couldpossibly make sudden relaxation dangerous, don't do thisexercise.
The Exercise:
*The person being relaxed is called the receiver and theperson doing the exercise is called the giver.The receiver is arranged so that his or her breathing isvisible (chest/ abdomen) to the giver. The giver describesto the receiver what they are going to do - "this is arelaxation exercise your only job is to shut your eyes andlisten to the AH sounds I'm going to make."Giver: quiet your own mind. Tell the receiver to relaxtheir body (with a soft voice mention each body part thatthe receiver should relax). When you are ready, watchthe breathing of the receiver. Begin to softly say AH witheach out breath of the receiver. The exercise is thissimple. The giver should continue the exercise for at least
20 minutes and up to an hour. The giver does not touchthe receiver during the exercise.The AH is the sound of the open heart and of letting go.Don't be concerned if the receiver has an emotionalrelease. More likely than often the receiver will go into adeep relaxation (their breathing may slow downdramatically). If the breathing slows the AH doesn't haveto last as long as the out breath. Once you do thisexercise for the full 20-60 minutes than you can use it forshorter periods if the person is getting anxious. Do a fewAH breaths for short periods to ease temporary anxiety.The deeper purpose of this is that the AH breath exerciseis training for the deeper letting go into death itself. Asdeath is approaching it can be done to ease the transitionout of the body.
© living/dying project 2002
Interview on Caregiving
1. What does it mean to heal? 
Healing is the movement into the experience of wholeness, the wholeness of living fully withoutresistance to the human world of opposites"wellness/illness, life/death, happiness/sadness, beyond thecompulsion to fix, while at the same time resting in thetimeless Presence that includes all opposites. Healing canapply to our entire life, to our relationship with an illness,to our relationship with another person, with this singlemoment.

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