The changes in season remind me to reevaluate my goals for living and then everything that entails. Making an extra effort to focus on what is of the highest priority helps me get on track for days ahead.
With the end of summer blending into autumn, I donít think it is an accident that the true color of leaves show themselves in all their brilliance at this stage of their life. I reflected on just that occurrence which inspired me to write this verse:
Leaves shrouded in green during growth and maturity
Only reveal their brilliantly colored inner self
Near the end of their lives.
Can it be thus with me?
All of us grow and mature at different rates. We begin to glow in brilliance as we live in a way that lets our inner self shine ever brighter, right into the next dimension of living. The sooner we begin to work on our inner glow while in the midst of working toward worldly accomplishments, the more time we have to really enjoy harmony and happiness in living.
Here is a meditation for using the change of season to accelerate inner growth:
Begin by choosing a quiet place to meditate. If you sit in front of an altar, let it reflect your inner golden self by lighting a candle and placing fresh flowers on it. If you wish burn incense Ė my favorite is sandalwood. Clean yourself before meditating as this is a reminder to keep pure thoughts in mind and replace discord with accord.
Sit up straight on a cushion and bend in your legs, or sit straight on a chair with the soles of your feet firmly planted on the floor for balance. Fold your hands in your lap or rest them palms up or palms down on your thighs. Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath in and slowly release it. Then begin even and regular breathing such as one count to breathe in and one count to breathe out. Keep up this rhythm throughout your meditation.
In your thoughts say an appreciation for the good you have in your life and then dwell on how you can act to make your inner light shine even brighter. Are you currently on the right path to make this happen? Can you think of any changes you can make to upgrade your actions and their subsequent results?
Now go back to following your rhythmic breaths for a minute and then take another deep breath, slowly release it, open your eyes, stretch out and write any new thoughts in your meditation journal.
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