October 2015 newsletter – happiness

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A QUICK TIP: Journalling after a meditation is a powerful way of consolidating the experience into your life. If you intend to do this, have pen and paper with you so you can begin to journal as soon as you have finished the meditation. It can be as a drawing, a poem, a song, a description of  your experience.  There is no right or wrong way to journal. Whatever feels right and good is OK. Be guided by your intuition.

 Create some quiet time and a space for yourself during which you will not be disturbed. Outside might be a nice place for this one given it is spring.

Sit with your back straight. Arms by your side or on your lap. Feet flat on the ground. Take three deep, long, slow breaths – in through the nose, hold, out through the mouth. Feel yourself relaxing and softening as you breathe. Connect from your heart to whatever for you is the Source of Unconditional Love. Again from your heart, through the soles of your feet imagine there are sturdy, solid roots that go all the way down to the diamond matrix core of the earth, grounding you.

Imagine that you are a seed that has been lying dormant in the cold winter ground hibernating. Spring has warmed the earth and you feel yourself beginning to awaken. Shoots of new growth form within your core, sending the tender new tendrils coiling upward through the soil. As the shoot breaks the surface, caressed by the soft spring breeze, the warmth of the sun activates the process of photosynthesis and new growth. In no time at all, the tendril has grown. A new plant has formed. The soft hair roots mature and thicken underground drawing up moisture and nutrients to feed the plant above.  Above ground the plant too matures and grows into a magnificent specimen. Take as long as  you like to become intimately familiar with it. What kind of plant is it? How big is it? Does it have flowers? What colour, size, texture and shape are they? What is its scent like? What size, shape, texture and colour are the leaves?  Where in the garden is it growing? What is its message to you?

Give thanks for the experience. When you are ready, slowly bring your attention back to your body. To the place in which you are seated. To the sights and sounds that surround you. Wriggle your fingers and toes. Have a refreshing drink of cool water.

© Raili Tanska

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