Floating

Some things take a delicate touchI just finished a guided-meditation. I’m sitting here now, typing  with my eyes closed, trying to find the words to fully express how incredible it was.

It was a powerful meditation on slow motion movement and energy. I visualized warmth and energy flowing from the core of my body, up through my chest and down through my arms and into my hands. The idea was to focus on moving my hands so slow that they would begin to feel like they were moving on their own. Using my mind as the vehicle from which to recognize the flow of sensation, I fixed my thoughts completely on the energy that was coursing between my hands.

As I sat comfortably in my quiet, darkened room and I listened to the intense, soulful music that accompanied the meditation, I unmistakably felt the energy ball up between my hands.  The moment I felt it, I jerked a bit in shock.

It felt soft, round and radiant. A magnetic force pushed gently pushed my hands apart and then slowly gave way in bits and pieces so that I could move them closer together. The break in the energy was small— just a blip—but it weakened bit by wondrous bit. The more I focused on the sensation, the lighter my body felt. I lost myself completely in this small space of energy that was vital and powerful.

There is this moment in a meditation when you feel weightless, physically and intellectually. A flash that, for me, is still quite fleeting. Almost as soon as I recognize it, it is gone. But for that brief snapshot in time, I feel like my entire being is aligned impeccably with all that is now. The feeling is so vital, it is almost overwhelming. It exists in every part of my body. It feels as though I’m floating on a balloon.

When the balloon pops, it’s not a loud, messy burst, but rather a soft, transcendent fall into a place of complete comfort and peace. And I feel total relaxation and comfort, with myself and with my life.

I do not yet know all the benefits of meditation—but I do know that the more I meditate and allow myself the full embrace of quiet mind, the less of a skeptic I become. This is an important anchor from which to release the constant mental chatter.

Incredible.

Image: ‘Some things take a delicate touch‘ by J. Starr via a Creative Commons license.

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19 thoughts on “Floating

  1. Lindsey says:

    Beautiful … reading these words is like a meditation of its own. Thank you. xo

  2. Christa says:

    Wow. Beautifully said – what a wonderful idea to type in the dark, while you are in the in between…

    I’m so glad this way is working so well for you. I don’t know where I would be without meditating…

    Thank you.

  3. ayala says:

    Beautiful…an important anchor indeed.

  4. Charlotte says:

    I’ve always wanted to try meditation, but haven’t ever really done it. Sounds like it is really worked for you. Congrats.

    • Christine says:

      Charlotte, it’s all about diving in and practice. At first meditation was so hard, I was always so tense. But over the last few months I’ve gotten better and now I need it a few times a week. It’s truly wonderful. You should definitely try it!

  5. Michelle says:

    I LOVE those fleeting weightless moments, don’t they just take your breath away?

    Thanks for the beautiful reminder to get back to my practice.

  6. Chantal says:

    Are you using a CD for your guided mediation? If yes, which?

    • Christine says:

      I am. It’s a guided meditation CD from Kripalu. I would imagine it’s available on their website. It was given to me as a gift. There is also a great app on the iPhone.

  7. Ironic Mom says:

    Wow. Like Chantal, I too want to know what was the guided meditation?

  8. I admire – and envy – your work in this area.

    The quiet mind. Not something I can even imagine, at this point. But what a lovely thought.

    Keep going. Keep telling us about it.

  9. As you know Christine, I am very interested in meditation. It’s still incredibly difficult for me, but posts like these give me hope that I will one day feel the float on the balloon too.

  10. Beautiful post about a beautiful experience. Your words capture the calm and peace you felt, and it’s a gift for me to read them because they remind me of the value in turning inward and staying still. I struggle with this and scarcely make time for it. Thank you for your meditation on meditation.

  11. Kelly says:

    Guided meditation is much easier for me than self meditation … but I’ve still never been as quieted and focused as you’re becoming. This makes me want to try harder.

    • Christine says:

      It definitely isn’t easy, and I’m a long way from being an expert. There are times when I sit to meditate and I just cannot get in the zone and then other times, like this, I am so pleasantly surprised that I’m encouraged to keep working at it.

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  13. denise says:

    Just glorious. And inspiring. Thank you, friend. xo

  14. Bayard says:

    Thanks so much for this. I wonder if you could be more specific about which track this meditation is on? I have Jonathan’s “Energy Awareness Meditations” CD from Kripalu. There are four tracks.
    Jonathan’s retreats and workshops are excellent for working through the challenges mentioned by some others in developing a practice. I did his “Buddha And The Body” and it transformed my meditation. I’ll be taking his April workshop at Kripalu too. Blessings to you and all his friends!

    • Christine says:

      I’m very envious that you are attending the workshop at Kripalu. I’m sure it will be incredible.

      The track I used for this meditation was #4, the Slow Motion Meditation.

      Namaste.

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