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    The Gifts of 2012   December is a month for wrapping things up: the gifts we’ve collected for our loved ones as well as the trials and tribulations of our year as it races towards its end. Many of us will open the gifts our loved ones chose for us at the end of this month.  Some of us will even take the time to unwrap the gifts we’ve given ourselves each month through our trials and tribulations. Take three slow, deep breaths, breathing in peace, and breathing out stress. Touch the ground with your hands or the body part of your choice, and imagine all stress, fear, distraction, pain,…

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    The Healing Power of Gratitude     In this month’s meditation, we are going to fill ourselves with love and let it spill from our lips in the form of  “Thank you.”   Find a comfortable place where you will not be disturbed.  Turn off the phone, lay down or sit comfortably, and take three slow, deep breaths.   On the next inhale, breathe in love, and breathe out stress.  Continue to breathe in love and breathe out stress until you feel fully relaxed.   Imagine your heart chakra glowing a vibrant healthy green in the center of your chest.  With each breathe in, your heart chakra swells, growing larger…

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    Letting Go   Lammas, also called Lughnassa, is the celebration of our first harvest and of the slowly lengthening nights.  Grain and Corn Gods die in order to feed Their people.  Some tarot decks assign Lammas to The Hanged Man, the card of sacrifice and gain.  One of my favorite decks shows the Hanged Man as an infant in the womb, ready for birth, and that card is the inspiration for this month’s meditation. This is a more advanced guided meditation, requiring an ability to let go of the limitations of time and space so that you can exist in two or more times/places at once.  You are going to…

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    When the economy isn’t the greatest, jobs are harder both to find and to hold on to, and we’re living in a culture of limitation and fear, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of hoarding.  Even if we are very frugal and careful about what we bring into our homes, we may have a difficult time of letting go of things that no longer serve us.  We may have a hard time spending our hard-earned money, which means that our money can’t serve us either.  Sometimes, because we’re stressed out, we revert to old patterns of behavior and old ways of thinking, which brings up old pains and fears…

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    Embracing Vacation Energy It’s June!  Summer vacation!  Swimming! Barbecues! Lazy days of lounging in our pajamas playing video games from noon to midnight! At least, that’s what this month means for most people under the age of 18. At least we get to look forward to the Summer Solstice, the Radiant God and the magick of the faeries.  This month’s meditation is about bringing the spirit of summer vacation into our lives, with the assistance of the faeries, dragons, unicorns, and other fantastical beings we were obsessed with as kids – and many of us still as adults! Remember to record this meditation or have someone read it to you…

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    A Sacred Union Beltaine is a time of pleasure, joy, and sacred sexuality.  It is the marriage and consummation of the Goddess and the God according to Wiccan and some other Pagan mythologies.  This meditation seeks to unite the God and Goddess within you. You need a quiet comfortable space, uninterrupted time, and possibly something to write with and on.  You may choose to have someone read this to you, or to record your own voice reading it with appropriate pauses so that you can meditate with your eyes closed. Imagine you are lying in a hammock strung up between two palm trees on a Caribbean beach.  Sunlight sparkles on…

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    Using Images to Guide Meditation For this exercise, you need an image that evokes strong emotion in you, a notebook, and a writing implement.  Choose strong positive emotion (makes you laugh, smile, wanna hug someone) if your goal for this exercise is progress along your path or spiritual growth.  Choose strong negative emotion if you feel ready to heal some fear, anger, or sadness.  Please take care of yourself – don’t explore profound fear or pain unless you know how to make yourself feel good again afterward (without drugs, preferably.) The image can come from cards, paintings, photos, books, drawings, anywhere really.  Choose a picture that has no words, or…

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    Renewing Your Bountiful Garden, an Ostara Meditation by Spirit Healer Which dreams will sprout for you on this coming Ostara, the Spring Equinox?  Which seeds of hope did you plant in 2011, then water with your emotions, warm with your passion, and protect with the darkness in the soft soil of silence? At the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, the balance shifts from internal to external, from preparation to action.  Eggs are hatching; butterflies breaking from their cocoons; plants celebrating the return of warmth with vibrant greens and flowers of every color. This meditation will help you nurture those goals and dreams you wish to revive or to help…

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    Imbolc meditation 2012 Imbolc is a celebration of the coming of Spring, and with Spring comes inspiration, creativity, and growth.  Imbolc is the traditional time of Spring Cleaning, both of our physical world, as well as our inner world.  We need to clean out old patterns of thinking and behaving that no longer serve us, so we don’t get stuck in a loop, chasing our proverbial tails and wondering why we aren’t getting anywhere. For this meditation, you should have handy something to write on and something to write with.  Make sure you will be undisturbed for at least 20 minutes.  Consider recording your own voice reading this meditation so…

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    A Meditation on Meditation for Beginners There are 1440 minutes in every day.  You can easily schedule 5 of them for yourself, right? Did you find yourself thinking about how many things you are going to change in 2012 over the holidays?  Have you made resolutions, or set goals, to start on January 1st? Are you looking forward to starting a new year, or do you find yourself feeling down or anxious? Meditation as a daily practice has been scientifically (medically and psychologically) shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.  It reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, improves the function of every cell, organ, and system in your body, and…