You're very welcome, Lin.
Balletomane, awesome blog....thanks for sharing~
This thread is becoming more interesting than I ever could have imagined! Wasn't aware of how
many people are actually meditating.
I think what might be helpful is a basic set of instructions to offer to anyone who would like to
begin but wouldn't know where to start. I am going to share how I do a self guided meditation.
I have a very eclectic approach to meditation given I had many teachers with different styles that
began during the "new age" era when everyone was lining up crystals around the room, on their
bodies, triangular structures to sit inside, incense and every space was like a little temple with tables
of trinkets to enhance the experience. I have so many books, CDs, old tapes and memories that
when I finally started meditating on a regular basis, I found I created my own method. It's rather
unconventional but it's something that works for me.
SO this is how I do it. I have my own guided meditation that I silently take myself through. First is
quite a few minutes of nothing but breathing, observing my breath, my belly rising and falling and
all thoughts and focus is on breathing. I already explained above that if I start having extraneous
thoughts, I remind myself that I'm "thinking" and go immediately back to thinking about my breath
going in and out, rising and falling, belly is where I'm focusing. I can also imagine the figure 8 as
I swirl my breathing around the figure starting at the top and when I get to part of the 8 where the
line crosses and goes back up to form the rest of the number, I'm now breathing out. Actually I
begin breathing by always breathing out....releasing my breath and then I make room for incoming
OK...I've done this about 5 minutes or more....and now I'm focusing on my feet....I'm breathing by
paying attention to where my feet are planted....I notice my toes and my ankles...I am still breathing
and focusing on my calves and then my knees....I sometimes do one leg at a time....but you get the
point. I do this all the way till I get to the top of my head....my torso, arms, neck, face....I also
sometimes include chakra colors....red when I think of my feet for grounding....orange as I move
up to my knees and thighs....yellow at my middle, green at my heart....etc.. There are specific CDs
I have that work on just chakra meditation.
It's been about 12-15 minutes by the time I'm now perfectly relaxed and this next part is going to
explain how and why I've come to this type of meditation....I have specific tools I've given myself
so I'm not distracted from breathing.....It's how I give myself permission to focus just in the NOW
simply because I've created a place for my thoughts, feelings and baggage.
Now I begin my self guided meditation....This is silently of course. This is a compilation of things
I learned from my meditation teacher, things I've created because they work for me and things I've
heard on meditation CDs.
Here's how my guided meditation goes. I see myself facing a large staircase going down....It's big
and wide with beautiful marble steps....each step is imbedded with shiny healing crystals. The very
fact that I'm placing my feet on these steps is a healing experience. I begin my decent down the stairs....one step at a time, remembering to breathe while I'm walking. I'm holding onto a soft padded handrail which also is imbedded with healing crystals. On my back is a backpack...In it is
the contents of items I've stored there so I can focus just on my journey to my place of renewal.
In my backpack is my "to do list"....things that would interrupt my focus on my journey....My list
is rolled up and tied with a ribbon and it's for safekeeping until later when I'm not on this journey.
Also in my backpack is my worries, fears, thoughts of things that happened in the past, thoughts
about the future.....thoughts are placed in a small box and are also being sequestered from the
present moment. Just knowing where all these things are is comforting and allows me to focus on
I get to the bottom of the stairs....I also remember that in my backpack is a bag of "garbage"....things that I'd like to get rid of....aches, pains, memories....things that invade my reality
every day and get in the way of my living in the moment and enjoying the ride.
So now I'm looking at my little room that is at the bottom of the steps. I'll describe it but it's best
to create your own environment....I generally like the sense of safety so this space is small....And
I've chosen to go down a flight of stairs where there are no windows or other exits because the
thought of open fields, seascapes or even the woods is too vast a space for me to feel safe.
My room has a marble floor....and a beautiful marble bench...the walls are soft and the colors
are all pastel and the ceiling is the same. The room is the perfect temperature although on the
bench is a "magic blanket". I sit down on the bench and my sprit guide sits next to me....I
am familiar with my spirit guide and know the name. My guide wraps this magic blanket around my
shoulders....the top of it goes over my head and sort of forms a cape....I know when I'm wrapped
in this blanket, this is all there is....I've left my backpack of "stuff" at the entry to the room....and
my spirit guide is keeping everything safe for me, so I won't have to focus on any of it. She opens
the backpack and takes out the "garbage" to dispose of. She puts it on the floor and it's absorbed
into the ground....
The fact that I'm wearing this magic blanket....it's an absorber of negativity....At the same time
it infuses good energy into my being...I am calm and still breathing....I am being comforted by being
in a totally safe place with a guide who is watching over me and all my "stuff". My "stuff" doesn't
need to be addressed now....It's for when I take my journey back up those stairs.
While sitting on the bench, my spirit guide tells me things I need to hear....I'm often shocked by what I learn after my meditation experience is over....and other times, we are simply sitting silently
together in harmony.
I stay as long as I need to stay in this place....It's a very deep comforting experience.....I sometimes
don't want to leave and other times, it's merely just a few minutes....
And then....(and probably those of you reading this right now are saying to yourselves "aw....I don't
want to go back up those stairs....I like it here....
And then....I thank my guide for this experience....for always watching over me....for comforting me
and for taking care of my thoughts, worries, fears, negative experiences....for giving me opportunity
to come back to this very same place any time I please....and do this again and again. I pick up
my backpack, which is much lighter than it was when I walked down those stairs. I say goodbye
to my spirit guide who smiles and says she will be available any time I need her....I begin my climb
back up the stairs....I'm feeling happy and I see the smile on my face....I get to the top of the stairs...
I take another look down at my spirit guide sitting on that marble bench....I say "goodbye"....and
open my eyes....