Take a few moments to simply breathe and look at the picture. Breathe this delicate pink into your body with each breath, feeling it like a gentle warmth filling your body with each breath. Imagine every cell in your body filling with this pink and being infused with love and healing. With each breath you become more and more relaxed. Let go of any tension in your body by breathing pink light into it and feeling yourself becoming more and more relaxed.
Now imagine your whole body is filled with pink light and with each out breath you expand your energy beyond your physical body. Gently feel this expansion, like the deeper pink of the Rose, your energy expands further and further. Imagine this energy expanding from your whole body to fill the whole space around you. Now expand it further and further, feeling yourself connected to your whole environment, connected above and below as well as sideways and front and back. Feel yourself as Love. Enjoy this space.
Bring your attention to your heart and focus this love there, imagining the deep pink in your heart and feel it expand, for yourself and others. You may wish to place a hand on your heart.
Take all the time you need in this space of deep love, connection and expansion.
Only when you feel ready, bring your attention back to your body, gently moving your hands and feet. Give thanks to your body, mind and soul. Gently re-enter your day.
Take a few moments to simply breathe and look at the picture. Breathe in the peacefulness of the scene. Feel the gentle warmth of the sun coming through the trees and the coolness of the dappled shade.
Breathe deeply and feel this peacefulness going into your body with each breath. Feel the light and shade in each breath. Breathe as if you can breath right down through your legs, feeling your feet on the ground. Now imagine roots growing out of your feet, going deep down into the earth. With each breath, they go deeper and deeper, as if they can grow right to the centre of the earth. Feel yourself connected to Mother Earth, our planet, our home, our mother who nurtures and nourishes us. Feel the love from Mother Earth coming up through your roots and into your body, filling your body with love.
And now see your roots, so deep in the earth, touching other roots – connecting to others in a beautiful matrix. Feel that connection to Mother Earth and people, plants and animals. Knowing that you are unique and individual, yet deeply connected to life on this beautiful planet.
Take a few moments to feel this.
When you feel ready, take a few deep breaths and gently return your attention to your body, moving your fingers and toes. Know that you are always grounded and connected to life and can return to this space easily.
I’ve been told so many times over the past 20 years that I need to protect myself. But what does that mean? There’s so many different ways to ‘protect yourself’.
It’s only in the past 4-5 years that I finally feel I’ve got it right for me. It’s a delicate balance, certainly with protection – what do you let in or out of your energy field? Do you use talismans, crystals, colours, conscious imagination/visualisation? I’ve done them all over the years.
For me the turning point came when I started Feminine Power courses and I learnt to ground and centre myself and expanded my energy – I’d been doing them separately before but not all together at the same time. Yet they dance beautifully together – energy expanding in all directions – deep down into the body first, then into the earth and then out to everywhere else. For me this feels whole, safe and fluid.
Firstly centering deep into my body gives me a sense of coming home, being in touch with the deepest part of myself. For me, this is simply breathing into my body and imagining my breath going all the way to my hips and really feeling it there. So each breath comes and goes from my hips.
Next, I imagine my breath going down into my legs and feet, taking a moment to feel the sensation and the heaviness and tingling in my feet as my breath/awareness reaches there. Then I imagine roots growing from my feet, going deep deep down into the earth and connecting to the Earth.
Next, with each breath, I push my energy outwards from my hips and body in all directions, feeling it expand. I like to feel it fill my immediate space, then the room or building and beyond. To connect to Life, I expand it much further so that it incorporates the town, country, Earth, Sky etc being aware of this expansion in every direction – above, below and to the sides. Then I am expanded to include everything and be part of everything.
Likewise my roots deep in the earth can touch other’s roots so that we are connected and in harmony.
From this deep space, I feel connected, protected and have a deep inner knowing awareness.
Like with all things, this becomes much easier and quicker with practice.
You might like to try the Grounding and Expansion meditations that accompany this blog 😉
For the past two + days I’ve been looking after our poorly toddler.
It’s been a big lesson in surrender to me. It certainly hasn’t been hard – he’s been so poorly with a stomach bug, I’ve just lay cuddling and soothing him. All the things on my ‘to do’ list have been forgotten as I’ve comforted my sick child. Ironically after 2 days and nights of this, I feel quite rested – I’ve been totally in the present moment, focusing on him.
But I’ve also needed to be present to my needs too – I’ve needed drinks, food and the loo. I’ve had to leave him for a minute or two to see to my needs. After all how can I nurse him through this, if I’m not well?
Presencing my needs is a challenge for me, I’d rather care for others but being a mother is teaching me how to be present to my needs too as otherwise I feel I could easily disappear myself and become ill.
I make a choice – our son is sick, I cuddle and sooth him for hours before I get myself a drink or go to the loo but I do go! I tell him that I’m going to get a drink and will be back. I’m building our relationship so that he’s aware that I do things for me but I come back. When I come back I’m more present as I’ve met my needs.
Likewise, as I sooth him with ‘you’re ok, I’m here’ – these are my internal soothing words too when I need to be soothed and calmed. It’s so easy to have negative self talk, but kind caring self talk makes a big difference. Treating ourselves with kindness gives us the inner calm to then give to others with love.
It’s been an honour and blessing to care for our sick child, to meet his needs and my own. To share a very still and quiet couple of days – to rest in the present and enjoy our beautiful connection.