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Father's Day Meditation
Let's do a meditation in remembrance of the nurturing we receive from those who father us now and have in the past.
To begin: Choose a quiet spot to sit. If it is warm in your area a bench in the garden is a peaceful place for meditation. Either sit on a cushion on the deck with your legs folded in, or sit up straight on a bench. Fold your hands in your lap or rest them, palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Close your eyes and do some rounds of even breathing such as breathe in counts 1, 2; breathe out counts 1, 2; breathe in counts 1, 2; and continue on for a minute. Then let go of the counting but continue the rhythmic breathing.
Now take a few minutes to think over how important fathering is, and who you should be appreciating on this special day. Even if your biological father has passed on there are always others who play the male nurturing role for us. It could be a stepfather, grandpa, uncle, or even a teacher, or sports director. This year I am grateful for 2 of my male cousins about 10 years older than myself, who have made an effort to contact me again after many years. For them I say a prayer and blessing this Father's Day.
Now sit in silence and listen to the sounds around you; melt into the moment; appreciate this very moment that you have been given to be appreciative and grateful that fathers exist in the world.
Finish your meditation with a deep breath in and slowly release it. Open your eyes, stretch out and peacefully go on with your day.
Article and photo of meditation garden by Susan Helene Kramer
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