Bring Peace to Your Sleep and Day: A Meditation
Bring closure and peace to your day by doing this simple and insightful exercise as you drift off to sleep at night. There is great wisdom to the exercise: it was taught to Dhyani Ywahoo, twenty-seventh generation Cherokee, by her grandfather. Dhyani Ywahoo has been given the honor of carrying forward the ancestral wisdom of her lineage.
Find wisdom for your dreams, resolve and move forward from your day, with this simple and very powerful meditation.
Upon retiring to the bedroom, smoke the area with the offering of burning cedar or juniper to the north, east, south, and west and to heaven and earth.
1. Make a prayer acknowledging yourself as a vehicle of light, giving thanks for the good that has come that day and in affirmation of intent to live in harmony with all your relations.
2. Lie upon your bed and review your actions of the day. If you see that at some point in that day you thought, spoke, or acted not in the fullness of your true wisdom, then you “replay” that moment and visualize it coming to a harmonious completion. Then affirm in your mind “The next time I have that opportunity I will relate with a clear mind.” Or, if you neglected to respond from the heart with another person, see yourself relating heart to heart; if you spoke with anger, see yourself speaking compassionately.
In observing the flow of your day you may see that you picked up a disquieting idea or thought form, thinking it was your own. As you continue to practice observing the mind, you become able to discriminate between those thoughts which are truly beneficial to your sacred purpose as a human being in this life and those thoughts that are merely illusions, to be transmuted.
Adapted from Voices of Our Ancestors, by Dhyani Ywahoo (Shambhala, 1987). Copyright (c) 1987 by Dhyani Ywahoo. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from Voices of Our Ancestors, by Dhyani Ywahoo (Shambhala, 1987).