Guided Meditation: A Magical Journey
“Pick a leaf that speaks to you from the bowl and close your eyes,” our meditation guide said as participants formed a circle and settled into seated positions. A lighted candle was placed in front of me. A large wooden bowl filled with red, yellow, green and brown fall leaves in various stages of color circulated the room. I picked a multicolored oak leaf and closed my eyes.
The sound of a bubbling brook filled the room and our journey within began. “Imagine that you are the leaf. You are floating in and moving naturally with a body of water. The current is steady, then picks up speed…” our guide softly and effortlessly drew our minds inward.
And so it was on a Wednesday night that a room full of friends took individual journeys to learn what our bodies and spirit wanted us to know about the important questions in our lives. At times, our leaves became stranded on boulders jetting from the stream, but the moving current helped break us free. Soon, a waterfall presented itself ahead, signaling a time for decision-making.
“And so it was on a Wednesday night that a room full of friends took individual journeys to learn what our bodies and spirit wanted us to know about the important questions in our lives.”
At the conclusion of the journey, our guide gently brought us back into our bodies and back into awareness of the group to share insights with each other.
The experience was exhilarating! I was able to see clearly some of the roadblocks in my path and felt ready to make real shifts in my life based on new perceptions. The exercise of examining my journey and sharing observations with the group was equally as powerful. Although we all heard the exact same instruction, our journeys were quite unique and provided insight about where we were emotionally and spiritually.
According to leading medical experts, there are also real health benefits to the practice of guided imagery and meditation. For mind and body, it improves brain function and memory, lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. The deep state of relaxation meditation produces can improve one’s physical and emotional responses to stress when practiced regularly over time.
Spiritually, guided meditation offers real time connection to one’s internal source of energy and life, enhancing the sense of self, transforming perspectives in a positive way and deepening intuition for spiritual growth.
If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of visualization and meditation, Bridge to Avalon offers Guided Meditation with Bev Collier every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., beginning on January 8, 2014. A love donation is requested to support the mission and growth of the Bridge to Avalon community.
Each session offers a unique destination experience. A few weeks ago we spent time together roaming in lush gardens, and last week we hung out on the moon while having a private conversation with the universe. Participants leave with a physical token for their altars and uplifted spirits.
For more information and to reserve your spot, visit the Bridge to Avalon calendar of events.
photo by Marion McCristall