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 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

We will first practise some breathing exercises, and then listen to a brief 10 minute mediation on Being Present led by Tamara Levitt. It is part of the Daily Meditation series, which can be found on YouTube. You may wish to look them up, they are excellent and building one into your day would be a great way of finding some peace and resilience at this time.

So, 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 in through your nose, and out through your mouth. Eyes closed. When you are ready, when you feel calm. Move smoothly to the mediation itself.

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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