GUIDED MEDITATIONS CYCLE :
I would love to share with you here a cycle of four guided meditations to release stress, let go all the fears, negative thoughts and emotions, rejuvenate your body and mind and leave space for self love. They all can be practiced in complete silence or accompanied with some relaxing or healing music, mantra, gong or nature sounds.
Before to start the first one, let’s just think what exactly is meditation ? Is it relaxation or in the contrary hard exercise, permanently struggling with your thoughts and making efforts to concentrate ?
Meditation is a process of learning about ourselves, connecting with our own spirit, it's a meeting point between our exterior self, our inner self and the whole world.
Meditation is stillness, not only the visible one, related to our physical body sitting in one posture for a long time it’s also the invisible one, the stillness of our thoughts ..
Chitta-vritti-nirodha .. Calmness of the fluctuations of the mind, according to Patanjali.
By calming these mental fluctuations, the yogi opens up to experience union with the Divine, the Higher Self or the Absolute Reality. Among these fluctuations of the mind are desires and attachments, which can be to worldly objects, ideas or even relationships.
Now, please sit in any comfortable sitting position, half lotus or full lotus, you can put a block or a blanket under your buttocks. Your wrists are on your knees in Jhana mudra (index and thumb joined together). You can stay in this meditation for ten-fifteen minutes or more depending on how you feel. Make sure you will not be disturbed during meditation.
Take five long breaths, long inhales and long exhales. Keep breathing calmly.
Today we will dedicate our meditation to the practice of letting go. Surrender and letting go our emotional luggage, our attitudes, thoughts, habits and labels that people have put upon us. It’s our attachement to those things that shape the way we are, the way we’ve been programmed to act and think.
The practice of non-attachement is an opportunity to learn to let go because as long as we are connected and attached to our past we keep the door closed for our present and future.
Now I want you to think about something that you would like to let go today, either it is a thought, an emotion or a person. Visualise it and let it go, let it disappear, vanish, become transparent. Let this something or someone you feel is holding you back from being joyful fade away. Image yourself to be perfectly happy without it. Either it is a thought, a habit or some memory. Image yourself being without it, just your true self, without any attachement.
On the inhale repeat Let and on the exhale Go. Let it go. Let it go.
Visualise yourself letting go everything to find freedom and joy. Keep breathing deeply. Long inhale say Let, and long exhale say Go.
Please finish your meditation with the chant of three Om, join your hands in front of your chest in Atmanjali mudra (prayer position). Then gently open your eyes.
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