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All Saints Day Reflections
Sit in your favorite meditation spot on a chair or cushion; light your altar candle and burn some incense if you like. Take a deep breath to begin and then go on to breathe in an even rhythmic pattern, such as breathe in counts 1, 2, and breathe out counts 3, 4. Continue breathing evenly while meditating without actually saying the numbers either verbally or mentally.
Pick a saintly quality you'd like to emulate during the holidays, perhaps charity. Many saints are known for their charitable ways, and why? Because charity benefits other people, and it also benefits ourselves because we feel good when giving and caring. Our body feels energized and our mind becomes calm. We feel good about ourselves when being expansive in giving.
And, let's remember that charity does begin at home. Give your time and listening ear to members of your own family and then to others in your daily life. If you have the opportunity, spend some time with those shut in, seniors who may not have many visitors.
A listening ear may be just what an older person needs more of, especially in the holiday season. That is what charity is: giving unselfishly where there is need.
Finish your reflection by writing ideas in your journal about how to be charitable. Or, if you are picking another virtue, write out a plan for implementing it in the coming weeks.
Take a deep breath to finish your meditation and go forward with your strong resolves to be part of the plan that makes the world a nicer place to be!
Links to more holiday prayers and meditations
Thanksgiving Prayer and Meditation
Children's Prayers of Thanksgiving
Interfaith Prayers and Meditations
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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