A Guided Meditation 

Find somewhere quiet where you will be undisturbed for half an hour or so.  A sacred space where you feel calm and peaceful.  Take three deep breaths. Relax your mind and your body.

Sit or lie in a comfortable position. Spine straight, arms and legs uncrossed. With each successive breath, feel yourself becoming more and more relaxed …. Now, let your body breathe for you. It knows exactly what to do. After all, it has been doing just that all your life.

Closing your eyes will help to reduce any external distractions.  With a golden cord connect from your heart to the Divine, whatever that is for you. And then into the core of the Earth with another, more solid cord.  Imagine that you are fully encased in a luminescent bubble, protecting you. Ask yourself what colour represents courage for you. Then add it into the air inside your bubble knowing that you will be bathed in it – inside and out.

One more important step. Set the intent that this meditation will support you to connect to the place within where courage resides. You may visualise it, sense it, hear it, see colours, have a deep inner knowing. If you have none of these experiences it doesn’t matter.  Simply trust, let go of any expectations. Know that what you ask, will be so. However you experience this meditation is just right for you.

Imagine that you are a Lion. Feel the strong, steady beat of your heart. Standing solid with paws connected to the earth beneath, you feel balanced, confident, poised. A lazy flick of your tail quivers your muscles as it shoos away any hovering flies. Your fleece is golden and soft. The thick, dark brown mane is lustrous, vibrant. A shake of your head fluffs it up, making it seem even more bountiful.  You wear it proudly as a symbol of your birthright as The King of Beasts. The muscles in your strong body are honed to perfection, rippling and flexing, ready for action at a moment’s notice.

You stand tall, raising your head to the sun. Breathing in deeply, you feel the strength from the sun’s rays warming your muscles. Honour and integrity are as much a part of who you are, as is your strong heart. Born to lead, you protect your family and home. Passionate, you are ready to face any challenge that comes your way. You know that you have the strength and will to confront anything that comes your way. Fear is not unknown to you. However, it only serves to fuel the motivation to take heart centred action.

Like the Lion in the Wizard of Oz, you confront fearsome challenges and tasks with COURAGE –

“Courage! What makes a king out of a slave?


What makes the flag on the mast to wave?


What makes the elephant charge his tusk

in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk?

What makes the muskrat guard his musk?


What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?


What makes the dawn come up like thunder?


What makes the Hottentot so hot?

What puts the “ape” in apricot?”



Breathe the Courage into your Self.

Feel the courage.

Soak it into your very being.

Fill your heart with it.

Lock it in so whenever you need to tap into it

it is there, a permanent part of who you are –

strong, courageous, heart centred.


Take a moment now to let it settle in.

Raise your head to the sun.

Roar like a Lion.

You ARE courage.


Give thanks and return to your own body. Gently bring yourself back to the here and now, bringing back with you the feelings and experiences of Courage. Remember how it feels.  Remember to integrate it into each of your days. Know that you can tap into that reserve anytime you need to find COURAGE.

© Raili Tanska

PS – for those who have requested it, I AM working on audio versions of my meditation scripts.  

Images  – Pixabay




15 thoughts on “COURAGE

  1. Well that was interesting one. But I kept thinking about Plato’s poem “The Intention of the I AM.” Kind of got in the way. 😀 That’s one of my favorites of his poems.

  2. Is this your own meditation? Wow! – I mean {{{{RROOAARR}}}.
    I could do this one, because there will be no gentle voice and music coming from my laptop. The last one you recommended sent me to sleep – I remember picking up a green book, and then nothing more, until, over an hour later I woke up, slowly, with the sensation of floating up in thesky, and the meditation on a loop. I don’t knowwhere I’d been, but it was lovely.
    I’m looking forward to this one – tomorrow afternoon or evening, when I’m alone.

    1. Enjoy – **ROAR** !! Yes, all the meditations I post on my blog are mine. It sounds like the last one you did was perfect – it’s good to disappear down the rabbit hole sometimes. It still works even if you don’t remember a damn thing about what you did and where you were 🙂

      1. I was disappointed for a moment, but then I noticed how great was feeling – and anyway, I can do the meditation again, whenever I like – but first I want to be a lion – I always had a hankering for that 🙂

  3. Excellent! I am going to do this meditation. I don’t want to take on the world though. I just want some courage to handle some worries I have now, I’ve got two lion teddies that we used with what we called “teddy bear therapy” (note to myself to write about that) I’ll post a pic. They aren’t as scary as real lions!

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