By Max Highstein
- Introductory Lecture 4:19
- Guided Meditation 28:14
Are you open to love and happiness?
Bitterness is a state of mind that colors the way we see others and ourselves, and limits our potential for loving relationships. When we are repeatedly injured or beaten down by life, we adopt a bitter, cynical, and pessimistic point of view as a way of protecting ourselves from further disappointment: “If I expect misfortune, then when it happens I won’t be blindsided or devastated by it.”
This “armoring” serves a purpose for a time, until we can recover and become stronger. But at some point we have to reopen to the possibility that the world is a good place, and people can be kind. Otherwise we’ll continue to attract disappointing experiences, and never be able to fully appreciate the positive ones.
To put it simply, if you want love, you have to be open to it, and bitterness can be a huge rock in the way!
The guided imagery meditation, Releasing Bitterness & Opening to Love leads us through three phases:
- Recognizing the bitterness we carry and preparing to release it
- Opening to receive the healing we need
- Changing our outlook to positive expansion
With expertly crafted narration and evocative background music, this guided inner journey enlightens, encourages healing from within, and helps us chart a new, more positive course.