Celebrating Yule and all its delights. Beautiful lights everywhere you look, children laughing and racing around waiting for the Yule King to come and bring presents. Family and friends over for feasts! Shopping, traffic, and let's admit it, it gets a bit crazy at times. It is always important to take time for yourself, even if just for a few minutes, and now is a great reason to start meditating if you don't already.
Choose a time when you have a few minutes to yourself...really? Yes, make the time as You are important. When I meditate, I have to settle both physically and emotionally. It doesn't take long but close your eyes and imagine ALL of your tension leaving your head and neck, feel your muscles relaxing down your arms, torso and legs. As it dissipates feel the warmth of the earth entering you and filling you with calm and beautiful white light. If intruding thoughts come in your head, “Let the stream just take them away”. How? Imagine all of your thoughts as beautiful fall leaves, gently falling into a stream. See the leaves drift down with each intruding thought, and “Let the stream just take them away”.
You will need:
charcoal disk – (this takes 10 to 15 minutes to get ready so light in a safe dish and wait till charcoal is white).
resin (I like Dragons Blood, but you use what you like)
vervain (for love)
sage (for protection)
and a bit of Mistletoe for happiness
amber oil for peace
Mix all herbs/oil with mortar and pestle if you have one. If not, find an old wooden spoon or something to crush and blend it all together.
With these ingredients here and with other things – go with the recipe given or make some up from your own choices. Always go with your intuition, what “feels” right to you. This blend is a very pleasant scent for me.
When I first began meditating, I would look into a flame which is still a powerful way to begin meditation, but I also use the scent of incense. I gently inhale it and with eye's closed the scent takes me into my meditation. Shut off the phone and let’s begin...
As I add my incense into the charcoal disk, I ask spirit for guidance -
“Fill me with this beautiful scent, that I may honour your presence.
Let my mind take me where it feels I need to go.
With every breath I take, let images flow through me,
That I might find true peace. Blessed Be!”
Let any images just flow through you, feel the presence of earth protecting you. It can be for as short or as long as you desire. Take the time for yourself, even if it is just a few minutes.
When you are ready, come aware of your surroundings and let your incense/disk burn out in a safe place. Take a deep breath and head back out to “reality”.
It is my hope for a beautiful and warm holiday for you all!