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Season 1 - Episode 13

Trust Meditation

10 min - Practice


Widen the pasture for your thoughts and feelings to roam. With great trust, we dive deeper into our meditation practice by honing our skills of recognition and ease.
What You'll Need: No props needed

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Hi, you're ready, so step one, let's get comfortable. Find the seat that really works for you, snuggle in, and maybe help it a little bit. Delivered inhale, exhaling with an audible sigh, do that again, inhale, exhale in, trusting that the body now knows how to sit, how to sit so you feel supported, letting the heart find her natural generosity, and allowing yourself to follow the guidance of where the skull feels properly balanced on the spine. Feel that upper palate dome, which will allow the base of the skull to widen. Really that lets the chin drop so slightly, letting the jaw slacken, eyes are kind.

You're choosing whether or not to leave your eyes gently, softly focused, or closed. Allow your hands and arms to organize in a way that feels receptive. On our play in this last practice together is to trust our skills of recognition and ease. And so when and if and as you feel or sense thought or an emotion, at whatever point along its journey you recognize it, and you notice that you're following it, indulging it, feeding it, playing with it, stroking it, to laugh, to enjoy that facility, and not so much to artificially in advance try to let it go. But to allow some of the conviction of its truth soften, to essentially let its grip on you, relax.

So if you notice you're in a particular thought stream and the jaw is tight and the eyes have gotten hard and you've gotten really sure of something to notice, and instead of trying to stop thinking about it simply soften the jaw, let the eyes feel kinder, and perhaps even offer the mantra of, I wonder what's going to happen next. It is our conviction that we know what happened or we know what's going to happen that ensnares us, absolutely required for trust, or the qualities of curiosity and wonderment. Soft in the belly, wide at the base of the skull. Sometimes if you get really hooked into something, just letting your breath refresh again can help, allowing yourself to inhale deeply again and exhale. Again, not trying to force the mind back to a focal point like we've done before.

You're not trying to not think and feel what you're thinking and feeling, you're just widening the pasture for those thoughts and feelings to roam. Just about two more minutes. There you go. Again, notice where the tension has collected, often up around the shoulders and the neck. What can you do to ease any unnecessary holding?

Beautiful, deliberate inhale, exhale everything. If your eyes are closed now, let them begin to open. Thank you.


Jenny S
3 people like this.
Sweet Kira...this was so helpful today as I was experiencing a Coronavirus panic attack. I literally placed both my hands over my heart and held tight to your soothing voice...a life preserver in this uncertain time. Thank you 🙏🏻
Kira Sloane
Oh Jenny, yes. Loving you. xok
Julie S
4 people like this.
Kira, oh my! For years I have heard the guidance about "making space" for my thoughts and feelings as they arise, from various teachers. It has never really worked for me...too amorphous. "Widening the pasture" is the visual I needed to make this connection. Thank you for passing on these very inspired words, my dear teacher!  Julie S.
Kira Sloane
Julie! So good to see you here. Yes, I am pretty sure I stole this image from Ramakrishna. I am sorry to not have the exact reference. He used really sweet and gentle cow metaphors a lot. Rumor was that one of his flock would come for darshan daily.  xok
Kate M
3 people like this.
Jenny sending waves of comfort and peace. Kira Sloane again - so sweet, comforting, gentle and kind. Be well . Love.
2 people like this.
This was beautiful and very helpful. Conversing with our inner trust  in a grounding  way is so needed, especially these days. I will come back to this one, and would love even more meditation videos that hold, open up and allow for expansion on the same theme. As always, thank you xo
Kira Sloane
svl_ml, thank you so much for being here and connecting. Our teacher, Erich Schiffmann, always says Self Trust is the advanced Practice. You might like his Freedom Yoga Immersion.
2 people like this.
Kira Sloane Advanced practice indeed :) Thank you, I will look into that xo
Elizabeth H
thank you, Kira! I needed this!
Kira Sloane
Elizabeth, LOVE!
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