Something is upsetting you. Maybe it is a particular thing, or just an accumulation of triggers.
Wherever you are, close your eyes (actually, first read the below – unless you can read with your eyes shut… 🙂
Imagine it is a beautiful sunny day; light breeze, perfect temperature. Strolling along a path, enjoying the scents of spring flowers, you arrive by a stream. Can you hear the relaxing sound of the clear water?
You sit by stream. Dipping your fingers in, you wet your hands and wash your face. The cold water feels refreshing.
You close your eyes and look inwardly. A few moments later some dark shapes float up your inner well. You find the thing(s) that bother you the most at this time; whether emotionally, physiologically, financially, or any other life-challenges. You inspect it and then, in your mind, you turn it into a small piece of wood.
Opening your eyes, you see that the shape had materialized on the sand right in front of you. You pick up that piece of wood — maybe there is only one, maybe a few. Placing the twig in the water, you follow it drift downstream.
On it goes, becoming smaller and smaller. Way down stream there is a waterfall. You can hear the sound of the water breaking against the bedrock. The tiny dot that is the wooden vessel for your troubles disappears into the soft mist of the waterfall.
It is gone.
All that is left is you and the now.
You close your eyes again, expand your nostrils and take in a long deep breath.
The air feels anew as it passes through your nose, upper palette and into your lungs, expanding your abdomen.
Your body feels relaxed, surrendered.
Your lips form a tiny smile. You hold on to that smile.
A mantra pops into your mind, which you repeat as the sun caresses the glowing skin of your face:
I am now, I am now, I am now…
You inhale, and, with the inhalation repeat: I am now… inhaling some more and holding the breath.
With a smile you release the air back into the worlds and – I am now…
Later, you try to remember why you were so upset, but alas, it seems so unimportant now…
Learned from: a meditation sitting this morning