For those of you living where spring has just begun – 

Find somewhere quiet where you will be undisturbed for half an hour or so.  A sacred space where you feel calm and peaceful. It may be a nook you have created at home, in the garden, by the seaside  …

Sit or lie in a comfortable position. Spine straight, arms and legs uncrossed. Take a few deep breaths, filling your lungs to capacity like balloons, and slowly exhaling the breath through your mouth. With each successive breath, feel yourself becoming more and more relaxed …. Now, let your body breathe for you. It knows exactly what to do.

Close your eyes and ‘look down’ into your heart. From there imagine a golden cord that connects you to the Divine, whatever that is for you. And another, more solid cord, that connects you deep into the core of the Earth. Imagine that you are fully encased in a luminescent bubble, protecting you. Fill this bubble with whatever colour/s feels right for you at this time …..

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out to sea - spring clean meditation

Imagine that you are all alone on a private beach. You can hear the call of the seagulls and the pounding of the waves as they break on the shore. The taste of salt from the sea is on your lips as your skin is caressed by a gentle breeze. You dig your feet deep into the soft, white sand.  Soothing,  calming. It is night. The inky, velvety black sky sparkles with millions of tiny diamond like stars. A shooting star crosses the sky. In time-honoured fashion you make a wish. The refection of the full moon shimmers on the surface of the ocean, rippling, breaking, coming together again in harmony with the waves.

In front of you is a bonfire surrounded by a circle of stones honed smooth by the pounding of waves over aeons of time. The flames leap and curl, sending sparks into the curling tendrils of smoke that spiral lazily upwards. Watching the play of orange, red and yellow flames leaping and shape shifting is hypnotising. The smell of the burning wood is strangely comforting.

The fire beckons you. It invites you to toss unwanted, old, out of date dross that has collected in the nooks and crannies of your inner world. You scan your physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual selves. You reach in and pull out those aspects that no longer serve you, throwing them into the transmuting fires. Sit there for as long as you need to complete this inner spring-clean.

When you have finished, give thanks for the opportunity. Know that you can return to this place any time you wish.

Slowly bring yourself back to the here and now, feeling calm, refreshed and renewed.

(C) Raili Tanska of Soul Gifts

Steps for Peace 

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

 

 

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