Spring in the northern hemisphere brings longer days of light with more time to be outdoors.
Here is a mindful meditation technique to enjoy in your garden, in a park, or out in the country.
Stop and sit for a few minutes on a bench or in a meadow. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of nature - birds singing off in the distance, the humming of bees, the croaking of frogs.
Be aware of the moment. Spring has so much inspiration to offer; we are uplifted by the gentle breezes, the sweet perfumes. It is a time of renewal on all levels. Let yourself be carried along and renewed as Spring inspires.
Paying close attention to the enjoyment of the moment pushes worldly concerns aside for the time being, giving the mind a mini-retreat.
This rest and relaxation technique can also be done indoors by sitting in a comfortable place and listening to nature sounds or a soothing music CD.
Whenever you need a break, take time for this mini retreat - refreshing yourself in the process - ready to face the rest of your day!
World Peace Prayers and Affirmations
Friendship Prayer and Meditation
Group Meditation for World Peace
Article - Susan Helene Kramer
Photo credit - Stan Schaap
For offline reading
Meditation for Teens and Adults
More than 70 offerings, from guided meditation techniques to on-the-go stress relief and relationship meditations interspersed with verse, and a section of special occasion prayers. 114 pages.
Meditation for all Kids
Sitting, walking, dance and group circle meditations, along with positive affirmations, verses and benefits of meditation for kids of all ages and abilities in a 100 page book with illustrations.