Posted byat 23rd November, 2010
For most people, the end of November is a time of gratitude. Thanksgiving Day reminds people to appreciate their friends and family, and the basic necessities they often take for granted. For the Woodhull community, November is a month of gratitude as we remember our wonderful teacher and friend Karen Kisslinger, who died on November 9, 2009.
Karen worked with Woodhull for seven years, teaching hundreds of women yoga and meditation. The meditation Karen taught us was what’s known as metta meditation ─ a loving kindness meditation that encouraged mindful compassion and allowed many of us to reconnect to the things we are grateful for.
Here are the words to the meditation she shared with us. This Thanksgiving weekend, carve out some time to remember Karen by doing this meditation. Karen encouraged us to say these words for ourselves, for someone we love, for someone we see every day but don’t know, and for someone we are having a conflict with.
May I be happy and may I know that it is right for me to want to be happy.
May I be free from inner and outer danger.
May I have ease of well-being.
I still hear Karen’s voice in my head when I repeat these words. She had a big impact on my life, and I know she changed the lives of so many people through her work.
This Thanksgiving, let’s remember Karen with gratitude. Remember how much she loved teaching and her appreciation for fresh food. Remember her generosity and her artistic spirit. And remember how she encouraged each of us to live a life filled with love, health, and happiness.