“This is a time of purification…”

What if the troubles that present themselves to us are part of a process of purification? An opportunity to release that which is outmoded, out-dated, that which has run its course and is no longer needed?

MEDITATION FOR COURAGE

Sit quietly and breathe deeply and evenly… yoga breathing… breathing in compassion for self, breathing out compassion for all beings. Breathing deeply and evenly… breathing in compassion for self… breathing out compassion for all beings… deeply and evenly. And you will find as you continue to breathe that you become more and more relaxed. Compassion for self becoming part of each cell of your body and compassion for all beings arising naturally with each out breath. Breathing in compassion for self… breathing out compassion for all beings.

And as you breathe, you become aware of a wise being. This being is a helper and teacher, mentor and guide. They radiate infinite peace, gentleness and wisdom. You see joy and love in their eyes as they look at you. They offer you a gift. It is an acorn. Your helper drops the acorn into your hands and you can feel the woody texture against your hands. You cup the gift in your hands and you can feel the energy of the acorn – all its explosive potential for growth – infusing your being. This is the time of planting.

Around you, nature calls. There are so many places that are perfect to nurture a growing seedling. You find the perfect spot. There is enough sun, enough water and the ground is perfectly suited. You dig a hole in the rich earth, gently drop the acorn in and cover it over, patting the earth in place.

The seasons turn, and the acorn sprouts breaking through the earth and becoming a seedling. As you watch, it becomes bigger and stronger. From a seedling to a young sapling… then from a sapling to a tree. As each season turns, it becomes bigger and bigger, stronger and stronger. Soon it is big enough for you to stand beneath. It protects you. You can hear the wind rustling its leaves and feel the sap running through its trunk. You can feel the bark under your hands.

And as you listen to the heart beat of the tree, you feel it’s strength, courage and protection. Let this strength, courage and protection surround you and fill you. Let yourself absorb the gift of the oak tree – your oak tree.

Know you can come back at any time to infuse your self with courage… and when you are ready you can open your eyes.

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Image: Acorn by Emma McCreary, free images.com

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You are not the same person as you were yesterday…

This is my gift to everyone who is struggling with a transition to a new state of mind or a new stage of life.

Anne Marie’s ‘Meditation for Change’.

“… and as you continue to relax, so calm, so comfortable, I am going to present some ideas to your subconscious mind… suggestions for you to consider, try on and adapt to find your perfect solution to your current issue. There is no right way or wrong way. There is just what works for you. You are a unique and gentle person with a limitless capacity to find creative solutions that work. Allow yourself to discover the solution that is best for you.

You find yourself standing beside a beautiful still pond surrounded by gentle trees. The waters are quiet and calm. There is a hushed stillness in the air. Just being beside this lake is peaceful and calming. Near where you are standing, there is a rock. It is large and smooth and just the right height for you to sit on. When you do, you find that you can see down into the depths of the water. The water is cool and calm, quiet and peaceful. A dragonfly hums past you. You enjoy breathing the clear air, and while the pond is peaceful, the air is fresh and invigorating. Every breathe makes you feels energized and alive.

And as you look into the pond, you realize that there is a seed in the mud at the bottom. You may not be able to see it but you can feel it lying in the soft squishy mud. It’s like it is sleeping… waiting…

And as you watch, it sprouts. A fine white tendril opens from the seed and secures it into the mud. Another tendril unfolds and seeks the light far above. The seed grows. As you watch the tendrils become stronger, connecting it to the earth below, and helping it find the light above. It grows stronger and stronger until finally the tendril, which is now a stem, breaks the surface of the water.

The plant rests, absorbing the rays from the sun above, becoming stronger and stronger. Leaves grow… beautiful big green circles that absorb more and more of the life-giving rays of the sun and returning this energy to the roots far below in the soft squishy mud. Tightly formed buds appear and then begin to flower. This is your flower. It can be any colour or type of flower you choose. This is the flowering of your consciousness… of your life. Feel each petal unfurl and as it does the air is filled with the most glorious fragrance. There is something so amazing and joyful about this smell. It is calming and clarifying. It makes you sure of who you are, what you want and how to go about it.

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 Image: Lotus from sxc.hu

Sit with your flower for a few minutes and absorb the lessons it has for your life. Make whatever connections you need to with your current experiences. Make sense of the need for life’s changes and natural transitions. Know that you can come back to your flower and this pond whenever you want to distill the lessons about change that are flowering in your life.”

“Every day, I am a new person… Each day your thoughts, intentions, and awareness stir you to change and evolve. See yourself and your loved ones as you are now, not as you were before.”  Brian Weiss MD

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