Here is a lovely, simple meditation to help us feel more like opening up, blossoming, becoming our most blooming, vibrant, gorgeous selves. Why stay closed up tight like a bud when the world invites us to flower?
Share this meditation with a friend, if you like! We all make a garden of beautifully-blooming spirits together:
You may want to tape-record this meditation and play it for yourself, or take turns reading it with a friend.
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed.
First, bring your attention to the sounds where you are. Do you hear traffic? A humming refrigerator? Wind in the trees? Notice the sounds that keep you company right now. Now see if you can hear your own breathing, the sound the air makes when you draw it in through your nose, the sound it makes when you release it again. Spend a few moments enjoying your own contribution to this gentle symphony of sounds.
Now begin to imagine a warm, sheltered, beautiful garden. It may be surrounded by ivy-covered stone walls, or a hedge of green bushes. And growing in this garden is one particular plant that wants you to notice it today. It is growing in a little space of its own. Notice the shape of the plant, the color of its leaves. Notice that, at the tip of a green stalk, there is a single, perfect flower-bud. It is tightly closed. Notice the color of this flower bud, the size and shape.
Now imagine the sun very gently warming this plant. A breeze is stirring the leaves, and the sun is so deliciously warm it is causing each leaf to unfurl, soaking up the golden light. The bud at the tip of the stalk is warming, gently warming, and slowly beginning to fill with energy.
Imagine the pleasure of this bud that feels so warm, so safe, so filled with energy, that it begins to open. Imagine the tips of the petals beginning to separate, the petals slowly peeling back, opening up, to reveal bright colors in the heart of the flower. Imagine the bud becoming vibrant and completely open. What color is your flower? What is revealed in its center? Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this bright, beautiful, open blossom. It may have a sweet fragrance. Enjoy imagining the perfume. Enjoy the colors revealed in the heart of your flower. Take a few moments to enjoy the warmth and safety and pleasure of complete openness.
You can come back to this garden any time you want. But for now, gradually begin to bring your attention back to the sounds where you are. Bring your attention back to the sound of your own breathing. Give a moment of gratitude for the beauty of the flower you saw. Take a deep breath, and open your eyes.
By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1995).