Life is full of possibility. Every person, and every moment that we experience, contains vast potential. We live in a world of depth and mystery.
Yet we tend to layer our lives with projections and preconceptions – of who we are, who others are, what the world is and what we will experience within it. We close through fear and judgement. And we try to force and control, often resisting circumstances that are beyond us.
These patterns take place at a deep and often unconscious level. And they limit us from experiencing life fully and moving more easefully with it.
Opening to life
Cultivating an open mind and heart can help us to meet life differently. Openness allows us to release and make space for new possibilities. To choose flow, not force. And to engage more fully with the present moment – exploring, rather than repeating old thoughts, patterns and behaviours.
To do this, we need the courage to meet the world differently. Creating a strong and steady inner base gives us the support to safely expand. From this rooted place, we can slow down, listen and pay attention, internally and externally. In this way we allow things to unfold, stepping into the beauty of the unknown.
Meditation for openness
1. Find a comfortable position, either seated in a chair or standing. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor.
2. Close your eyes and begin to breathe more fully and slowly.
3. Feel your feet on the floor. Visualise roots growing from the soles of your feet and expanding down into the earth. Spend a minute or two breathing here.
4. Once you feel anchored, begin to scan your body internally. Notice any places that feel tight and contracted. Become aware of the sensation you feel.
5. Visualise your breath moving into those tight places, inviting those areas to soften as you do so.
6. Track the sensation in those areas as you keep breathing. Are there any shifts? Observe what you feel, without judgement or expectation.
7. Let go of the sensation in those areas and return to your breath. Visualise the breath filling the whole body at once, opening and clearing any blocked pathways. Breathe here for as long as you like.