Paris Meditation- Relaxation and Calming

Get into a comfortable position either sitting or lying down.

Drop a grounding cord from the center of your body and lock it into place in the center of the earth so that anything not for your highest good or no longer serving you can be released and neutralized.

Take a deep breath. Continue to breathe in slow steady breaths allowing with each exhale to relax you further.

Close your eyes and allow all tension to flow out of your body from head to toe.

Allow your body to release tension starting with your feet and legs.

As you breathe out, allow your belly and lower back to also relax and release tension.

Breathe out stress from your chest, upper back, shoulders, and your neck. Let your next breath and exhale release and relax anything in your arms and hands.

Finally, allow your breaths to release tension in your head and mind.

Your whole body is relaxed. Allow each breath to serve you by relaxing you further.

Open your inner eye to discover that you are in a room of a small apartment. You can hear the noises of people outside of a window.

You walk over to the window, looking out and down, you discover an open market below you, bustling with activity.

You can see a street sign on the corner of the cobblestone street. It reads, Le Boulevard de Edgar Quinet. You walk across the apartment to the door and open it.

You leave the apartment, descending a long flight of stairs, finding yourself at street level. Surrounding you are French street merchants selling their wares.

Yeasty wafts of warm bread fill your nostrils. You walk the stalls of fresh bread, fruits, cheeses, and jams, fowl hanging the tops of stalls.  In the background you hear French being spoken, laughing children and chatter all around you. The market if full of people and activity; there are bicycles going by and music from various street musicians.

The chaos of the market begins to overwhelm you. You recognize this feeling from other times that you are overwhelmed. You allow yourself to be lost momentarily in that energy.

You are safe and there is a freedom in that frenzy.

You begin to run, leaving the market and find yourself in a nearby park. You notice the uneasy feeling of overwhelm leave you as your feet hit the ground with each step.  Ask the earth to take from you these feelings of overwhelm and return you to neutral. Allow gratitude to fill you from the experience. Share gratitude and love with the earth.

You are in the park now and grass is all around you. You can smell the grass and the moisture rising from it.  The cushion of the earth is soft under your feet, a stark contrast from the street you were just on. The energy in the park is calmer there, but still bustling. Take a moment to notice how your body feels this energy.

As you continue to walk further into the park, you pass a crowd of families with children surrounding a merry-go-round; the sound of the music dizzying you. You allow yourself to experience the sense of unbalance s you move past it toward a pond with a fountain shooting water high into the air from its center.

Remember other times in your life when you experienced this feeling of unbalance. Know that you are safe. There is a concrete edge around the pond.  Sit by the pond and ask the water to take from you this unbalance.  Run your fingers through the cool water releasing that energy and returning to neutral.  Allow gratitude to fill you for the experience. Share gratitude and love with the water.

Children sail boats in the pond, leaning into the water around the edges. The energy shifts again, calmer still. You notice the difference in how your body feels between the chaos, the frenzy of being unbalanced, and the movement of the energy toward calmer vibrations.

You move through the park, toward the old part of Paris, with rows of buildings and flats. The streets now are mostly empty. You begin to feel nervous, afraid almost that you are alone.  You look around and with each step there are less and less people.  You can feel the wind moving down the narrow streets, blowing your hair and face, pushing against you.  Remember other times in your life when you felt alone and afraid.  Allow the wind to cleanse your energy of those feelings.  Hold your arms out and let the air almost carry you.  Feel the energy of spirit support you.  You are safe and now feel strengthened and held up as you walk these streets alone.  Allow gratitude to fill you for the experience. Share gratitude and love with the wind.

The street is now empty. You continue to walk alone, the road becoming steeper and the temperature of the air begins to drop.  You feel discomfort in the cold and struggle to climb the ever increasing hill.  Up ahead you can see a light and people gathered around an open pit.  They are laughing and standing together, steam slipping from their lips like clouds.  Remember a time when you felt the struggle of discomfort in your body, a time when you were challenged to almost a point of pain, emotional, physical or psychological.

You finally reach your destination at the top of the hill, a goal accomplished.  You feel relieved.  The people beckon to you to come to the fire and make an open space for you. Already you can feel the discomfort leaving you as you warm yourself by the fire.  You use your hands to rub your arms and shoulders up and down pulling off the cold and discomfort, allowing warmth to fill your body and spirit.

Tossing any residual feelings into the fire you allow the smoke and fire to cleanse you, burning away the uneasiness.  The longer you stand there the more you feel balanced.  You are safe and feel warmth and companionship with those around you. Allow gratitude to fill you for the experience. Share gratitude and love with the fire.

As you walk away, your pace, each step like a heartbeat, a breath; you slow to a clam even pace.

Allow the strides to become a physical meditation; each step calming you further, balancing you.  You enjoy the romantic architecture of the city; the glistening of the cobblestone road in a light spring rain that has just begun to fall.  You can smell the moisture rising from the warm street.  The gentle rain washes over you, releasing any remaining stress or tension, feelings of uneasiness or discomfort. This water is purifying, returning you to perfect balance.  Allow gratitude to fill you for the experience. Share gratitude and love with the rain.

You notice a green door along one wall of a flat that seems familiar. You go through the door and recognize the stairs to the apartment you previously descended from.  Slowly you climb the stairs but find that it is easy, and take with you this new sense of balance and calm. Each step strengthens those feelings in you.  Returning to the apartment you lie on the bed and close your eyes, allowing yourself to begin to return to the physical plane with each breath.

Take a deep breath. Continue to breathe in slow steady breaths allowing with each exhale to awaken you further from head to toe.

Feel your body starting with your feet and legs.  Wiggle your toes.

As you breathe out, allow your belly and lower back to awaken.

Breathe out, feel your chest and upper back, shoulders, and your neck. Let your next breath and exhale awaken feeling in your arms and hands. Wiggle your fingers

Finally, allow your breaths to bring awareness in your head and mind. Open your eyes and notice your new feelings of balance and calm in your body.

2016 copyright by Katie Pifer available at http://www.witchpetals.wordpress.com

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