Not all of us identify with a religion or even consider ourselves as spiritual. Yet most of us draw comfort from calming practices designed to release stress, quiet the mind, ease tensions in our bodies, and bring us a sense of tranquility.
You have been through an event that may impact your physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In addition, abortion is politically, socially, and morally charged and stigmatized. You may be experiencing self-judgment or criticism from members of your family or faith community that seek to diminish your light. The impact of external judgments from society, the media, and even friends and family can sometimes be difficult, but are often minimal compared to the way we judge ourselves.
Each person’s abortion experience is unique. If you are in need of self-love and affirmation, try this guided meditation:
Choose a quiet space for yourself where you feel safe and are not likely to be interrupted. Find a comfortable position for your body — lying down on a blanket in the grass, sitting in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, leaning against a tree, or standing with your feet hip-width apart — so that you feel grounded. Whatever feels restorative and supportive of your body.
Close your eyes, and slowly bring your attention to your breath. As you breathe in deeply through your nose, imagine your nostrils, throat, lungs, and belly-filling with self-compassion, kindness, and love. As you exhale, imagine releasing pain and negativity from your body.
As you breathe, think of light bathing your body — permeating every cell, tissue, bone, and organ. Allow light to flow through your veins and emanate to the outer edges of your body. Pay particular attention to your stomach and chest as you breathe in life-giving energy.
Continue breathing deeply and slowly as unconditional love and light fills your entire being.
When you’re ready to close, thank yourself (and the Divine or the universe) for this time of self-love and compassion.