Letting go: A meditation

Meditation is one of the most profound things that I know.  There are a lot of different meditation techniques, for a variety of needs and situations.  I often have students tell me that one of the hardest things for them to do is to meditate, and even if they make the time to do it, they are unsure what to do.  I’ve often found that visualization meditations combined with breathing techniques give us something to focus on, a path to follow, and before you know it you’re meditating!  The following is a meditation aimed at letting go of that which no longer serves you.  Try it!

After you’ve settled yourself comfortably, close your eyes and begin to lengthen and deepen your breath.  Bring your focus to your breath – listen to the sound of your breath and notice the small movements that your body makes as you inhale and exhale.  Begin to inhale and exhale only through your right nostril (it doesn’t matter if you’re really breathing through both, just try to visualize the breath moving only in and out of the right).  As you exhale, visualize the air that is being released as a dark red color that contains any physical aches, pains, discomfort and tension that you might be experiencing in your body.  Do this for however many breaths feels appropriate.  Now start to inhale and exhale through the left nostril.  As you exhale, visualize the air that is being released as a blue-grey color that contains any stress, anger, attachment to outcomes and other mental obstacles that you might be experiencing.  Continue for as long as feels right for you.  Breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, visualize the air being exhaled as a dark purple color filled with anything else that is impeding your progress in life.  With the feeling of having let go of anything that no longer serves you, begin inhaling and exhaling through the nose, visualizing the air being inhaled as a bright, beautiful color of your choice.  On each inhale feel your body being filled with a pure, bright, joyful light.  Sit with and enjoy this sensation for as long you like.

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