This meditation is for reflection and feeling grateful for our family and friends.
Those closest to our heart are like mirrors for us. They see us at our best and worst, and comfort and advise as needed - whether we want it or not. Family and friends show us we are each threads in the web that makes up our world-wide family.
Begin your meditation by choosing a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed. Sit on a cushion on the floor, or on a straight-back chair. If on the floor bend your legs in.
If on a chair, plant the soles of your feet firmly on the floor to maintain balance. Sit with your back straight and fold your hands in your lap, or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs. Close your eyes.
Begin even, regular breathing, such as one count to inhale, and one count to exhale. Keep up this pattern throughout your meditation.
Turn your thoughts to gratefulness for your friends and family. Think about those who are most important to you. Send them caring and loving thoughts. Think how you can form a stronger circle of caring with each - the more energy we share, the more joy comes back to us.
Close your meditation by taking a deep inhalation and slowly exhaling. Open your eyes, stretch out, think with gratefulness for the family and friends in your life, and enjoy the warm feelings of connection.
Reflections on Family and Friendship
"What good are friends if they're not as family?
True friends stick through thick and thin.
Friends lend an ear before speaking.
Friends sometimes stand in the background,
Watching our steps, ready to catch.
True friends wish us the best from near or far
Seen or unseen in daily lives.
Family and friends form a cozy nest
And beyond measure are treasures
We consider the best."
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