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Hatching Meditation

Hatching Meditation

This simple meditation is beautifully appropriate for the emerging Spring season. It encourages us to expand a little, stretching beyond our current limits–a good first step for becoming more deeply who we are, and attaining our heart’s desire.

Find a time when you can be alone and undisturbed. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Listen to the sounds around you; become gently aware of the small noises that make up your world at this moment. Now bring your attention to the sound of your own breathing, the rhythm it makes as it enters and leaves your body. Together, these are the sounds your world makes.

Next, imagine that you are sitting inside a large egg. Imagine the smooth, curving wall, the gentle darkness, the way the egg fits you perfectly, enclosing you in a small universe. It is quiet and safe–the only world you have every known, the only one you’ve ever seen. But you are growing. The eggshell is gradually becoming cramped and close. You become aware of an urgent desire to stretch, to expand. The walls are hard and thick. But you are impelled–through some mysterious force of soul–to push…to push hard. You need space to grow. The wall cracks. You push harder still. Perhaps you kick or hit the wall with your fists. Soon the wall begins to break open and you push your way out. The shell is sharp and scratchy; it can hurt to break out of the egg. But you struggle–and suddenly there is a vast, enormous vista before you, a world you never dreamed of, a spaciousness you never imagined possible. Look around at this huge expanse. There is unlimited room and potential for growth. Stretch yourself as fully as you can. Really allow yourself to feel the exultation of breaking free into something larger than the familiar. Take a deep breath and open your eyes.

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Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Cait Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Witch in the Kitchen, by Cait Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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7:11AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

It's a new hope

5:09AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:12PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Interesting, thank you for sharing.

9:12PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Interesting, thank you for sharing.

9:11PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Interesting, thank you for sharing.

3:23AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Thanks for great informative article

1:37PM PST on Nov 10, 2012

This meditation is good any time of the year, not just in the emerging time of Spring. Any time there is a personal rebirth of sorts. Even as a metaphorical "check in" on our birthdays... and at those times when we are stepping into new territory...uncharted waters so to speak. Or when we are through with some of our self imposed limitations.... A meditation for when we are moving on into an ever fuller more aware Life. It truly is a meditation for the many seasons of the soul......... Thanx Cait...

8:00AM PST on Nov 9, 2012


5:32AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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