All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1st each year, and is our special time to remember those who have come before us and dedicated their lives for the betterment of others. Serving the needs of others has its own reward of joy in the very moment of action, because the doer feels harmonious.
The reward for acting for the highest good is an option all of us can grab onto at every moment. And if we are not doing so now and wish happiness and harmony for ourselves, now is the time to change our views, attitudes and actions.
Because I have been through the experience I can tell you first hand that instantly your body will relax and mind become calm. This happened to me more that 30 years ago and my life changed for the better from that moment on. It is a personal decision to go for harmony, thereby bringing happiness into your life and acting as a catalyst for others to follow suit.
All Saints Day Meditation
To begin, first arrange your meditation altar if you use one with a nice center or side candles, incense, fresh flowers. Wash and put on fresh clothes. Sit on a cushion on the floor facing your altar, fold your legs in. Alternately, sit up straight in a chair with the soles of your feet firmly planted on the floor. Clasp your hands in your lap or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Close your eyes and begin regular, even breathing for a minute, such as 2 counts to breathe in; 2 counts to breathe out; 2 counts to breathe in and continue the rhythm during the meditation, but let go of counting the numbers.
Breath is a bridge between body and mind and regular even breathing calms the mind and relaxes the body.
Now take a minute to think of an appreciation for someone in your life who has inspired you to be your best. Think on what qualities that person had that struck a chord with you. Those would be traits to emulate.
Take some time to think of a specific saint who has inspired you; reflect on their qualities and how you can incorporate them into your own life.
Finish your meditation by taking a deep breath in and slowly releasing it. Open your eyes and write any new insights in your meditation journal. Stand, stretch and go on with your day with appreciation for the saints who have come before and modeled the highest way to live.
Meditation by Susan Helene Kramer
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