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A Harvest Meditation

 

TYPES OF MEDITATION

 
Being able to meditate is a valuable skill, especially in today’s hectic world. Drawn from ancient disciplines, there are many types of meditation that are still totally right for our times. Most, if not all religions encourage some form of contemplation, to still the ‘chattering mind’ and access other states of consciousness.
 

There are many types of meditation, including these popular ones:
  • Breathing meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Guided meditation
  • Healing meditation
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Vipassana

MANY KINDS OF MEDITATION

 
The types of meditation as they are taught today are often have techniques drawn from Buddhism, although many other methods are emerging. These may not achieve the deepest states, but are more suited to the Western mind. The ultimate goal of these types of meditation is a union with the Divine, but for the great majority of us that idea seems too distant and we’re happy with a sense of peace. Our meditation involves visualising a scene, which enables messages to come through from your subconscious.
 

BREATHING MEDITATION

 
Tranquillity, a pleasant detachment, a realisation that there’s ‘something greater’ is what you probably want, and this can be found in simple breathing meditation, along with a host of health benefits that come with reduced stress. These include lowered blood-pressure, a better immune system, less frequency of life-threatening diseases and a general sense of wellbeing. A breathing meditation, hence the name, focuses the awareness on the breath, encouraging deep breaths in a slow, regulated pattern. Often, one will count from one to ten while breathing in, then backwards from ten to one while exhaling. The count can be extended higher as one becomes more adept with breathing meditations.
 

WALKING MEDITATION

 
Meditating involves shifting your state of mind, moving into another level of awareness. This isn’t difficult, but requires practice. Walking meditation can be as simple as being aware of every inch of your feet touching the ground as you slowly and mindfully walk a path through the woods. Check out the other articles on the website (see below) for hints and tips to go about this.
 
The time of harvest is very special. It’s when we celebrate and give thanks for the bounty of the earth. It’s all too easy to forget that we depend on Nature for survival. Celebrating Harvest affirms connection with the world around us and makes us appreciate how lucky we are. Your heart can expand and you can feel uplifted, able to take a more positive attitude. We’ve prepared this unique, guided meditation for you below.
 

TRY THIS GUIDED MEDITATION

 
The meditation can be done in a group, if you wish. You can record the instructions if you like, or memorise them – whatever works best for you. This meditation is to help you recognise and appreciate your gifts, finding the magic of gratitude, so affirm this to yourself before you start. Relax and begin…
 
 ‘You are aware that you are sitting at the head of a long, oak table. The word ‘abundance’ is repeating in your mind, like a chant. Your chair is comfortable and throne-like. Around you an imposing hall takes shape. The light is muted but there are brands aflame in sconces on the walls and a fire blazing in a huge grate. You small the scent of wood-smoke…
 
‘You are aware of voices and activity in the distance, approaching you. You are aware that a banquet will be prepared for you, but first you are to be shown the ingredients that may make it up. People begin to come in. The table is being laid by attendants – candles are lit, plates are set. Guests start to arrive. Take note of the companions that sit near you and the people who serve you…..
 
‘Minstrels enter and begin to make music. The music repeats the theme of abundance. Take note of the music – what does it sound like? What is it saying? The minstrels are yours to command – what do you want them to sing?
 
‘Now food is being brought in. Luscious fruit – apples, blackberries, plums, pears, piled in glorious profusion on plates of silver and gold…
 
‘There are also green vegetables in leafy splendour, bright red tomatoes and root vegetables, carrots, potatoes, beetroot, marrow. There may also be cereal crops, wheat, maize, rice. You reflect on the generosity of the earth and the magic of the soil that has yielded all of this.
 
‘Now preserved produce is brought in – pickles and jams of all varieties and colours. You reflect on how it is possible to preserve resources, use them well and appreciate them
 
‘You become aware of all that you have to be grateful for, large and small. The gratitude spreads through your being, warming you. You remember more and more things to be grateful for, and you feel very rich and blessed 
 
‘The minstrels fall quiet and any chatter stills. A robed figure is entering the hall. You realise that this is the most important part of the ceremony and that something is being given to you that is very personal…
 
‘The robed figure is carrying a small gold dish. As he or she approaches, you see that there is something special on the dish. This represents your own personal ‘harvest’ – something that you can gather in, that can nourish you and empower you…
 
‘You take your gift with thanks and music and feasting begins. You can now stay with the scene and see what else happens, or return to everyday reality.’
 
What is your “gift”? Is it symbolic or obvious? Do you understand it? Make a note of your gift, and also the things for which you are grateful. Make a note also of the people and details of the scene that emerged for you. Practise gratitude every day, either with this meditation or by simply giving yourself a couple of minutes each day to let the realisation of gratitude flow through you. This will be healing and energising. 
 
Of course there are times when you need some knowledge and positive input that you can’t get through the various types of meditations covered here. You may also want someone wise to talk to about your experiences when you meditate. Don’t worry – at TheCircle we have all that you could wish for in Psychic Readings and Clairvoyant Readings. Why not call us today, to be connected to a Medium, or Psychic and to feel supported and guided.
 
 
PUBLISHED: 26 OCTOBER 2015

 

 
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