Practicing in bed when too ill to sit
1. Lie down in bed on
your back with your feet comfortably apart. Place your right hand
flat on your tummy about 1.5 inches below your navel. Left hand then
goes over right hand. Place your attention on your stomach rising
and falling and feel your breath go in and out. Breathe from that area
rather than your chest if you can. Feel your hands go up
and down. When you are able to stabilize, attend to the out-breath
only, and let the in-breath fend for itself. Let go of anything
else you “should” be doing other than laying down and breathing.
2. If in pain or discomfort, make no attempt to resist. This only
intensifies the sensation. Instead merge your awareness with the pain
without reservation or splitting mind into an observer separate from
the observed. Surrender completely to feeling poorly, even
going so far as groaning or moaning out loud. Let go into the
sadness and discomfort.
3. Visualize your Source of Power above your head. This can be
any image with which you have a connection, and which you consider as a
source of healing, compassion, light, energy. For the workshop, I
used an image of the Great Eastern Sun because I wanted it
non-denominational. You can use White Tara, Medicine Buddha, your
teacher, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, etc. Feel rays of light and
healing and bliss emanating from the Source of Power penetrating your
heart center and spreading healing energy throughout your
body. Become a body of heat, bliss and healing energy.
Alternately: Create a protective net of healing energy over your entire
bed and yourself emanating from the Source of Power. Supplicate
the Source of Power to retain the healing net over you throughout the
night, protecting you and healing you until you awaken.
--Adapted from instruction given by Jeff Rubin at Unconditional Healing
Program, Skylake, October 2006