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!
Easter Prayer for Children
For offline reading
Gentle Yoga and Meditation – for All Adults
Gentle yoga poses and meditations for adults of all ages, plus a dose of yoga philosophy and virtues. All poses illustrated. 107 pages. Table of contents at this link.
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.
Meditation and photo credit of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France - Susan Helene Kramer