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Try this: water meditation


Water is life and meditating with water can create a profound experience


Our bodies are over fifty percent water, so it makes sense that we have always considered water to be a very special, almost sacred source of life and healing. It is literally half of who we are, and over 50% of the earth's surface is covered with water. Water cleanses and hydrates, contains and produces nourishment, and when we enter it, holds us in an embrace that leaves no part of us untouched. Meditating with water can be a powerful way of aligning ourselves more fully with this support system that makes life both possible and pleasurable on so many levels.


Try your meditation while in physical contact with a body of water, in the bath for example, or even better at this time of year, in the sea if you feel comfortable. Or, if you find one, try floating on your back in a swimming pool or sit with just your feet submerged in a pond or creek. On the other hand, simply close your eyes and choose a location in your imagination. Whatever you choose, we can begin by closing your eyes and listening to your breathing. At the same time, tune into some music water music - you can find lots of these on YouTube, from the loud rushing of a river or waterfall, to the surreal silence of the world beneath the surface of the sea. Consider how the music you choose reflects what you seek at this time in your life - be it some peace from a hectic or stressful life, the cleansing power of a river, or a mood-lifting, melodic bubbling of a lively little river.


Watch how your awareness moves from your breath and awareness of the water you are in (either literally, or in your mind). At that point you can begin to release the things you no longer need. Release yourself completely into the water's embrace as you float in the watery womb of the sea or a lake, a river or a pool. When you feel you are ready to return to more solid ground, ease your body back, in your mind or in reality, and lie flat on your back, allowing the water to bead and roll off your skin, soaking the earth and evaporating into the air, leaving you cleansed, healed, and renewed.

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