One of my favorite meditations is the “Beauty in All Things” meditation. I don’t do it everyday, but it has been a lifeline whenever I am struggling to appreciate the light in others.
Take a deep breath and hold, allowing that breath to become saturated with whatever emotions you are storing in your body. Blow it out hard, releasing that energy.
Do this three times, and then settle into a restful state, back straight, chakras aligned, and eyes closed.
Breathing awareness down into your root chakra, envision a clockwise spiral moving up through your body, like a gentle vortex of your own primal energy. Breathe naturally, just observing and watching this spiral rise up through the center of the body and out the top of the head. See whether the spiral moves in sync with your breath, and how it is influenced by your inhales and exhales.
When you feel comfortably aware of this flow, affirm: I see the beauty in all things.
You can say this in your mind, or out loud. Repeat this mantra, allowing your attention to move to different areas of the body as you say it.
You may choose to saturate aching or tired areas with this deep affirmation of love.
When you are ready, extend the mantra to include those you know, especially those people with whom you have challenging relationships. “I see the beauty in my boss Jane.”
Breathe love into the space between you and this person, allowing yourself to reflect on just one thing you appreciate about them. It may be the flip side of what you don’t like. Example: Jane is never on time becomes Jane is free spirited and lives by the seat of her pants. If this brings up too much frustration, think of something non-related: Jane is so great with numbers!
Be gentle with yourself, your judgements, and your relationships.
Follow the spiraling primal breath up your centerline, feeling how human, how fallible, vulnerable and yet loving you are.
We are all this way.
Breathe up and out the energy, spreading this love to everyone you know, one mantra at a time:
I see the beauty in ____________.
Also breathe down and in the energy, grounding this love within yourself, and affirming who you are:
I see the beauty in my ________________.
When you feel ready to come to a natural stop. Take time simply to breathe and observe how you are feeling, merging this spiritual consciousness with your physical senses.
Open your eyes, ready for the day before you.
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