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Preparing for Evening Meditation
After a busy day it may take time to settle down to a quiet meditation.
Prepare for meditation by first washing yourself and dressing in clean roomy clothes. This ritual washing is like washing your hands before eating, it is a little ceremony of cleaning and making way for a new experience.
I like to wear loose pants and an over-blouse. This is not the time to be annoyed by constrictions from your outfit like tight cuffs. I also keep a shawl or sweater at my side if I think I may get a chill. When the body is still it can cool down.
Fold a wool or other warm blanket to sit upon, to insulate yourself from drafts or cold surfaces below your seat. When you are feeling cozy in your seat it is easier to sit more comfortably.
If you are meditating after a meal, wait an hour to begin your quiet session, to give your body time to get the major digestion moving along. Otherwise you may have an uncomfortable time sitting upright. It is okay to sip water before meditating, but don't drink anything with calories, to avoid your energy going into digestion mode.
To make the transition from active to the complete stillness of meditation, use the first few minutes after sitting to read uplifting verses, poetry, or an inspiring story. This puts you in the mood for prayer. Follow prayer or supplication with the listening portion of meditation.
When sitting still in meditation begin to observe your breathing. Inhale one count and exhale one count. Keep up this pattern for the remainder of your meditation. Regular rhythmic breathing calms and regulates body, mind, emotions. If you came into your meditation feeling agitated this technique can help bring you back to your usual harmony.
After a period of time go through any inner doorways that you see and enjoy the wondrous view within. Meditation is a gift to us and we have every right to make use of it fully. Discover the rich fullness of your inner life, and bring out these qualities into daily living.
To finish your meditation say an appreciation for the good in your life and send thoughts outward for world peace.
Take a deep inhalation and slowly exhale. Open your eyes, stretch out and go forth peacefully.
I invite you to join me in a daily world peace cyber group meditation. Click the article here to read about it.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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