A Meditation of Hope and Love

How does an HSP cope with all the suffering in the world?

What a great question, with no simple answer, I’m afraid.   I’ve pondered my  own answer to this question for several years.   The following  Meditation of Hope and Love came to me during one of my own meditations a few years ago.   I use it often… and lately, that means almost daily !

All my worries lined up to receive attention, love and letting go....

All my worries lined up to receive attention, love and letting go….

A Meditation of Hope and Love

  • Find a meditation time – at least 30 minutes, or longer, if possible. You know the criteria – quiet, uninterrupted time and space, preferably your own special place that may have candles or a special feeling of comfort and security for you.
  • Sit or lie down in a very comfortable position. (I prefer lying, with something light and soft to cover me.  )
  • Begin slow, deep breathing, focusing on blowing all your breath out – as if blowing out a candle. Breathe in deeply, through your nose, to a count of 8 or 10. Hold for a count of four. Breathe out, again as if blowing out a candle, to a count of ten. You want to create a very deep cleansing breath. Notice: You might begin yawning, or drifting off to sleep. Go with whatever feels best for you. There is no ‘doing it wrong’ here. Just keep practicing until eventually you can complete the whole meditation.

Now here comes the harder, yet important part.

  • Begin to allow your mind to go ahead and focus on all the things you have been concerned or worrying about.   Like many of you, I have been close to tears each day as I hear about all the suffering in the world.   The candles in my picture above represent the recent unimaginable terrorist killing in Iraq, Robin Williams, Gaza, Palestine, Ebola,  Ferguson, Missouri and Michael Brown, Malaysia Air, and the kidnapping of the 300 Nigerian school girls …. geez … at this rate I will have to purchase more candles…and that makes me incredibly sad.   It feels like it is all I CAN do to take a precious moment out of my day to light a candle and remember those who suffer.
  • Lovingly ask each individual concern to patiently wait in line — assuring them they will all have a chance to be heard. In your relaxed state, begin to see each entity forming a line, waiting patiently. As they come up to be heard, assign them a name like “Robin Williams,”  “Gaza/Palenstine conflict;”  “Nigerian girls” or maybe for you it might be” “lost job;” “finances;” or whatever else evolves as an appropriate and loving way to remember and honor your concern.

As an HSP, these kinds of images tend to burrow deep into my inner world and I can begin to feel burdened, lethargic, and sometimes hopeless. Cognitively, I know there is really nothing I can (concretely) do about these tragedies, yet my yearnings for a better world keep my mind occupied.

Now comes the next step in your meditation.

  • Try and discern the feeling(s) associated with each worry…is it fear, anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, deep concern, or maybe anger, frustration, impatience, resentment, envy? Whatever it is just allow the feelings to be there alongside the worry…not going anywhere…no need to change…just to be…it is okay for this feeling to just be whatever it is.
  • After you have allowed each worry to surface, and to be heard with empathy, assure each worry and feeling (which should by now have a name to be remembered by) that they have been seen and heard, and that they will not be forgotten.
  • Thank yourself and your inner wisdom for allowing you this time, and for what you have been able to express openly.
  • Slowly begin to bring yourself out of your relaxed state. Sometimes it is helpful to set a soft alarm of some sort if you need help with timing. After a while, it all just sort of comes naturally.

Now comes a very special part.

* Put on any music that will assist you in feeling grateful, thankful, or blessed. — Or just put on any soothing, comforting music that you love. (Note: You will need several votive candles available for about $.25 in craft stores.
* Have your journal nearby, and prepare your special place if you haven’t already. Begin to record who and what your encountered during your meditation.
*For each worry you have honored in your special way, you will now light a candle to commemorate your connection to it, the pain it feels, the struggle it is going through, and its hope for a better life. Allow your thoughts to embrace each concern for at least 90 seconds while you focus your attention on the candle’s glow and light.
Imagine your concern being released to a higher source or power. Imagine the Universe waiting to embrace the essence of your concerns, hopes and feelings. For some people, this ‘waiting embrace’ is God, to others it is a Universal source or abundance. It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is real for you whatever you care to call this relationship.
* Finally, once again, close your eyes; imagine the concern being received with acceptance, love, care. Release the worry, knowing it will be taken care of. Let it go. Let go and let God.
Repeat this process as many times as needed, maybe daily if necessary.

P.S.  If you should be one of the HSPs who watches the news it’s a good idea to have your candles nearby for the 90 second remembrance. . Commemorating, honoring, and releasing all the troubles in the world by this small ritual, seems to help me feel I have done something for those suffering in the world. It also helps me to remember to be thankful for what I have and to continue to develop and hold on to my faith , and to radiate my hopes for a better world out to the Universe.


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6 Responses to A Meditation of Hope and Love

  1. Lori says:

    Wow, Jacquelyn. I am so moved, inspired, and allowed my heart to swell as I read this. Thank you for your wise words of guidance for a deeply troubled world…. and so many of us who carry this planetary vibration with us in all of our beingness. It’s not always easy to discern which things are tugging at me, though I have felt incredibly heavy and sad… and Robin Williams is still up front for me at the moment. I met him personally, and shared a dinner with him, and the impact of his “leaving” has been rather profound for me.

    I greatly appreciate your soulful, thoughtful message here, and sharing your process with us. This is really good, and also helps me remember that I am not alone in the depth, and intensity, of my feeling for the Universe and all of humanity. I am printing this out to bring home tonight to my mediation alter. I will exercise my prayer and mediation tonight… and probably for several nights… with every single nuance you offered here. Heartfelt thanks for being such a gifted guide for us. Gratefully, Lori

  2. Julia says:

    WOW! I can’t wait to try this!! What a refreshing and positive suggestion to help deal with EVERYTHING! ALLOWING each worry, feeling, etc to BE – and naming each thing and meeting each with love and empathy and giving them the validation and then lighting the candle for each worry, concern, problem, nightmare, etc – and letting it GO!! I feel so blessed and grateful to have come across this at JUST the right time in my journey to be able to DO the work! THANK YOU SO MUCH JACQUELYN!!! Peace and blessings!!!

  3. Denise says:

    Thank you! I have not known what to do with my feeling of this for so long. I’m deeply grateful to learn how to release it . It will become a new practice to me. I ‘m glad to know I’m not alone and that others feel this too!
    In love and light

    • Jacquelyn says:

      So happy to hear this Meditation resonates with you and that it will become a new practice. You are definitely not alone in our deep empathy toward all sentient beings and our Earth … Someone recently referred to we HSPs as “Mr. Rogers.” My heart just filled with joy at this image. I loved him.
      Thanks for sharing …

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