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

This week we are going to simply focus our mind on one thing, and one thing only. First, we will first practise some breathing exercises, and then during the 10 minute meditation you will focus on a single image, idea, thought. Think of something that brings you peace - a place, a person, a favourite memory, or it could be a phrase or word that has resonance to you. Don't worry right now if nothing comes to mind. During the breathing exercise let you mind wander and you will find your key to the meditation.

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 of stress and worry.

Spend a few minutes now, breathing i ei n through your nose, and out through your mouth. Eyes closed. With each breath out - imagine how stress and pressure is leaving your body. And let your mind find your image for the meditation. During the meditation you will let your mind gently explore this image. Consider what it means to you. Draw energy and peace from it. Find its place in your life. Hold it dear and be grateful

When you are ready, when you feel calm. Move smoothly to the mediation itself with your image in mind.

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. Through the rest of the day, every now and then take a moment to remember 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.