A Time for silence A meditation

We all need time for silence in our lives, to centre ourselves and to re balance our living. The following short meditation is an opportunity to take some time for yourself, and to care for your mental wellbeing. You are invited to enter into the silence and rest a while - something you can do at any time of the day.

Find a place where you won't be disturbed. You will want to check the volume on your device, so that when the mediation music starts it is not too loud or disturbing. The music today is gentle waves and sounds. You want to be aware of it supporting your thoughts not intruding upon them or demanding attention itself.

You may wish to light a candle, put on some incense or hold onto a smooth stone or piece of wood. If there is an image, icon or object that means much to you place it in line of sight. Sit comfortably in a chair, back straight and chin slightly lifted. Imagine, if you like, a line running up your spine and stretching through your head into the sky lifting and holding you upright. Focus your mind on your breathing

As we enter the start of the final week of this extraordinary term this meditation is focused on reflecting on the good things of the past weeks, and through that meditation taking forward the good into the future. First, we will first practise some breathing exercises, and then during the 10 minute meditation you invited to turn your mind to the best moments of the past weeks. Who has brought you joy, what have enriched your life, what have you achieved of which you feel proud. Spend a few minutes quietly reflecting and being thankful. If you find your mind focusing on negatives - put them to one side. We all have them, and there are times and places for considering how to do better, but today, here and now it is time to find joy in life, and concentrate on the positives. Once you have found your joy, concentrate on it and bring it forward into this day, and to the week ahead

First of all. As you settle into your chair become aware of your breathing. Breathe in through your nose. And breathe out through you mouth. Make each part of the breath count. Be aware of the rising and falling of your chest, and let each breath take you deeper into relaxation, letting go of stress and worry.

When you are ready, when you feel calm. Move smoothly to the mediation itself and begin to explore, find and celebrate the good in your life.

As the music ends bring your mind back to the place in which you are sitting. Expand your consciousness to the chair, the things around you, the walls, and all that lies beyond. Open your eyes, and stretch if you need to do so.

Within you in is the peace and silence of these few minutes spent in meditation. You have explored the good things of recent weeks, and found strength in them to take them into the weeks ahead. Take a moment now and then to remember this and to recapture that feeling.

You can repeat this mediation every day and a new one will be posted every week on the LMH Together page

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And with thanks to Tanya from the Lodge for wonderful photographs for this meditation.