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Winterís Prayer and Meditation on Pure Delight
Uplift my heart, quench my soul
With humbleness, delight
Natureís blessings all around
Fill, sustain my sight.
For the sunshineís golden glow
Lighting up a winterís day
For the summerís warming light
Calling children out to play.
Natureís blessings all around
Remind us daily of the way
Of caring, sharing with each other
Today and every day.
Uplift my heart and fill my soul
With abundance and delight
That my life will shine in glory
Reflecting out Your radiant light.
To this earth we all have come
To grow and give in loveís delight
Until one day we find ourselves
Glowing, reflecting, shining bright
Glowing, reflecting, Your pure light.
Use this prayer to set the stage for your winter meditations. In the darkest time of year, bring out the sun that shines within, by acting with radiance and cheer.
To begin your meditation find a quiet spot to sit, where you will not be disturbed. If you are at your meditation altar light a candle and some incense. I like the purifying smell of sandalwood.
Clasp your hands in your lap or rest them palms up or palms down on your thighs. Close your eyes and begin evenly paced breathing without any strain. Breathe in one count, breathe out one count, breathe in one count and continue this rhythmic pattern throughout your meditation.
Say the prayer above or a verse from it to set the mood. Now think with appreciation for what you really have in your life that has meaning such as family and friends and pets. Extend those thoughts to the neighborhood, community and world.
Enjoy the silence for a few minutes by following the flow of your breathing, gently in and out like you are floating on a rolling ocean as in the photo with this meditation.
To finish your meditation take a deep breath in and slowly release it. Open your eyes, stretch out and go on with your day.
For offline reading
Gentle Yoga and Meditation Ė 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.
Prayer and Meditation by Susan Helene Kramer; the rolling ocean photo by Stan Schaap
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