Without giving the plot away to Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," here is a meditation on the fragrant and cherished rose.
Roses have long been a favorite of many. They combine a delightful perfume, good looks, velvety texture and ease of horticulture. Once planted, a rose bush will bloom year after year, and even dried, the scent permeates the environment.
Place a rose blossom on your meditation table. Sit on a cushion facing your table, hands folded in your lap or resting on your legs.
Gaze at the rose; inhale its fragrance. Notice its arrangement of petals, unfolding in a spiral toward its center.
Close your eyes and begin breathing evenly - counts 1, 2, breathe in; counts 3, 4, breathe out; counts 1, 2, breathe in; counts 3, 4, breathe out and continue this pattern.
After a minute stop counting, but continue breathing evenly. Regular breathing calms both body and mind allowing us to be more receptive to esoteric thoughts and ideas, and giving a break from cares of the world.
Take a few minutes to reflect on the symbolism of the rose - how it gives unremittingly, just as the divine gives all of us life force continuously; how a mother gives to her young ones continuously and unconditionally.
Let thoughts of unconditional love come to mind and rest in those uplifted thoughts.
Finish your meditation with a deep breath; stand, stretch, uplifted with the closing thought: "Can there be any love greater than that which created the rose."
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