Easter is no less than an arising of love from our "Heart of Hearts" - a rebirth of kindred feelings with our world sisters and brothers.
In the spirit of this holy season may we take time to meditate in appreciation and thanksgiving.
Find a spot that is peaceful and uplifting indoors, or weather permitting, a garden, park, special woods, meadow or sandy beach.
If sitting on the ground spread a blanket. Sit straight, legs crossed in. Fold your hands in your lap, or face down or up on your thighs. Close your eyes.
For a minute or more listen to the sounds of nature - birds singing, wind rustling and the sweet smells of new grass or early-blooming flowers. If meditating indoors, listen to a tape of uplifting music or sounds of nature.
Take time for a minute of even breathing such as: breathe in counts 1, 2; breathe out counts 3, 4; breathe in counts 1, 2 and continue.
Keep up the rhythm of your even breathing, but let go of the counting and turn your thoughts to the meaning of Easter - the rising up of undying love. Let this idea permeate your attitudes and thoughts - "Being kind begins in mind."
Spend a few minutes feeling appreciation for all you have - family, friends, community - finishing by imagining world unity and world peace.
Slowly stretch out and stand up with the resolution in mind to take the unconditional love of Easter into all your relationships!
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer