The Gift of Breath: part 2

Welcome back!  Let’s cover a few basics before continuing on with the practice of meditation.

All meditation practices have four common principles:

Focus.  It doesn’t matter what you choose to focus on.  It can be anything…a word, an image, a sound, music, a mantra, etc.

Breath.  Joining your physiology, you receive and nurture your body with your in-breath, and release and cleanse with your out-breath.

Joining.  In meditation you choose to join your breath, your focus, your mind, body and spirit.

Returning.  When you get distracted by your thoughts, sounds, sensations, etc., return to your breath and focus.

This is nothing you need to memorize.  I’m not going to test you later!  It’s just a good awareness to have.

The meditation that we are going to be practicing is a Native American grounding meditation.  Receiving the embrace of love, light and fire from the Earth Mother becomes our focus.  We breathe in through our feet.  Our feet act as a conduit to our entire nervous system, awakening every organ, muscle, tissue, and cell within us.  We breathe in through our feet to receive and bring love, light and fire to our whole body, mind and spirit.  And with our out-breath we let go and cleanse ourselves with love, light and fire back through our feet and into the Earth Mother.

Breathe through our feet you say?  Yes.  Imagine that you are growing roots out of your feet.  The roots reach far and wide and deep into the Earth Mother where there is nothing but love, light and fire.  With every breath your roots grow and expand.  And your hands!  Your grounded feet awaken your hands. Allow your hands to rest upon the Earth.  Grow your roots with your breath.  Your hands are an extension of your heart.  So with this practice you awaken your inner heart!

Imagine it.  Sense it.  Feel it.  And practice it!

Grounding is a oneness practice.  Oneness of our body, mind, and spirit, and oneness to all that is.

So I invite you to sit in a chair, with your feet on the floor.  Or lie down on the floor on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor.  Close your eyes.

Bring your awareness to your breath.  With your next in-breath, breathe up love, light and fire in through your feet and nurture yourself with these gifts from the Earth Mother.  With your out-breath, breathe out through your feet and cleanse yourself with love, light and fire giving it away to the Earth Mother.  Breathe in from the Earth Mother and receive.  Breathe out to the Earth Mother and cleanse.  Grow your roots through your feet and hands.  Feel your breath deepen.  Receive.  Cleanse. Coach yourself through this grounding meditation.  Focus on grounding.  Join your breath.  And when you get distracted, (and you will get distracted ;)….gently return to your breath.

Look for the soon-to-be-posted grounding meditation video that will guide you through this practice.  Until then…give it a try yourself!