To all the mothers and mothering souls in the world we pay you homage. Without your love and nurturing we would never learn how to be kind and share with each other. May blessings pour upon you as we take time to recognize your selfless efforts and energy on our behalf.
Here is a meditation in honor of mothers -
Pick a quiet place to sit where you will not be disturbed. A garden spot would be ideal but indoors is fine, too. If sitting on a cushion on the floor bend your legs in and fold your hands in your lap or place them palms down or palms up on your thighs. Keep your back stretched straight but not uncomfortably so.
If sitting on a bench in the garden or a chair indoors plant the soles of your feet firmly on the ground or floor to maintain your balance. Hold your hands as just described.
Close your eyes. Take a deep cleansing inhalation and release it. Then begin regular even breathing, such as one count to inhale and one count to exhale. Keep up this rhythmic pattern throughout your meditation without actually saying the counts.
Begin paying attention to your regular breaths going in and out. Breath ties the mind, emotions and body together and harmonizes these aspects when used rhythmically. Even breathing can calm upset and restore feelings of comfort in your body. When you are feeling in harmony, turn your attention to Mother's Day.
What are you grateful for? How can you be more caring with others as a mother would? Take time to send loving thoughts to your mother, whether she is on this plane or gone beyond. Now, send blessings to all mothers in the world and universe. Enjoy the feeling of comfort in your body that comes from feeling caring and loving.
When you are ready, finish your meditation by inhaling deeply and letting your breath out. Return to your regular breathing and open your eyes. Stretch out and go on with your day, carrying along the peace, harmony and kindness you feel in your heart in remembrance of all dear mothers.
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