18 May Guided Meditation | Insights on Your Life
I had a wonderful time leading women in group for our Bhava Spiritual Mission Women’s Ministry through a guided meditation I learned from my therapist. It provides wonderful insights and I thought I would share it with you as well…
Begin by sitting in a comfortable position with your spine straight. Take 3 deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth) focusing on belly breathing: allowing your belly to expand like a balloon on the inhale, and deflate completely on the exhale.
Focus on tensing and relaxing each and every body part – beginning with your forehead, jaw, and shoulders and then working your way all the way to your feet. This exercise changes your brain waves from ordinary beta rhythms, to theta waves – which is a slower vibration associated with meditation.
Once all tension has left your body, do a grounding meditation.
You’re sitting alone in a dark theater. The velvet curtains part and a person begins walking towards you. Beside them, also walks an animal. Pay close attention to their appearance and the way they make you feel. What do you notice?
You leave the theater through a side exit and notice lush green all around you like you’ve just stepped into another part of the world. As you are walking, you come beside a body of water. Notice how the water looks. Notice the scenery. Notice how you feel. You spend some time here. What do you do?
You begin to walk along further until you come to a gorge. You have to get across and can do that any way you choose. How do you get across?
Once you’re on the other side, you continue walking until you come to a cabin, hidden deep with the woods. You find a window and peer inside. What do you see? Are there people? What does the decor feel like? How does the cabin make you feel?
You begin walking further and come to another body of water. It’s distinctly different from the first body of water you saw. Notice how the water looks. Notice the scenery. Notice how you feel. You spend some time here. What do you do?
Finally, you continue on your journey. You notice the sights and sounds until finally a wall stands before you. What does it look like? What is it made of? How thick is the wall? How high? Is there anything about this wall that stands out to you? How do you feel? What are you doing while at the wall?
Once you have visualized everything clearly, go ahead and take a moment to open your eyes. Feel free to journal about your experience and make notes of as much detail as possible…
The Hidden Meaning:
1. The person walking towards you in the theater is an aspect of yourself that still needs healing. The animal is an aspect of how you show up in the world and the beliefs you hold about yourself – whether consciously aware or not.
In my meditation, it was a little girl and a lioness. My inner child still has some work to do. I saw the lioness as fierce, loyal, protective, motherly, nurturing, and strong. I also see her as the caretaker of her Pride (aka family & tribe).
2. The first body of water represents your emotions.
In my meditation, it was a river full of rocks and rapids. I didn’t engage with the water, but instead looked on in awe and wonder of the beauty – recognizing it to be serene and yet full of power.
3. How you cross the gorge is how you get through life.
I filled my gorge with water and swam across. Meaning I allow myself to feel into the depths of all I am experiencing. I choose to engage in the experiences brought my way.
4. The cabin represents your childhood.
My cabin was empty and abandoned but I did notice the walls were lined with bookshelves. Interestingly, I was abandoned as a small child and to escape my reality, I spent a great deal of my childhood reading – going on adventures through the characters in books. For me, books were living and breathing things I could crawl inside of and engage – becoming one with the character.
5. The second body of water represents your relationships with others.
Mine was a very serene babbling brook that I walked into, splashed around in, and happily drank from the living spring.
6. The wall represents the overall trajectory of your life.
Mine was made of sand and cement where I had walked from a flourishing green oasis into a vast and bleak desert – with nothing as far as the eye could see. I felt isolated and alone. Part of my wall had crumbled and I found myself climbing amidst the wreckage, excited to see and cross to the other side…
I would love to hear about your experiences and what you’ve learned about yourself through this experience ❣ If you feel comfortable sharing, please comment below. And I would be more than happy to help you interpret or identify the characteristics/animals that came through if you are wanting more information…