Moon Over Maui

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A Healing Meditation: See Just In Front of You

Written By: Jueli Garfinkle - Jul• 27•11

To amplify the healing available this moon cycle, make a meditation date with yourself. Block out your calendar, turn off your phones, and establish a time and space for you to be without interruption for five to 45 minutes. Best if you can be outdoors, but not imperative. Choose whether you want to sit or walk. If you can’t find the time, commit to an impromptu meditation while sitting in your car or for a few minutes before you rise from the dinner table.

A Healing Meditation: To See Just In Front of You (Kihei, Maui)

Close your eyes for a moment and take a few deep belly breaths. Once you feel quieter inside, whisper aloud your intention to receive healing through what you see. Open your eyes and slowly look around you. Be deliberate. Do not move yet. Just look. Gaze. Be quiet. Breathe and see. At first, you might notice broad colors and shapes: the leaf on the palm, the graying mortar frozen into permanent ooze beside the red brick steps. Keep breathing. Soften your gaze, blink a few times, and see again.

Soon, details may emerge that were not before present: the ladybug crawling across her green palm highway; a penny dropped between two bricks months ago. Keep seeing. And breathe.

Pay attention to how you are feeling. Is your heart pounding? Is your mind wandering? Use as your focus that which you see through the window of your eyes. Continue to gaze. Continue to see. Breathe. When the five to forty-five minutes has ended, take another few breaths. Whisper aloud your gratitude for these moments of quiet healing. If you feel comfortable, write about your experience. Before beginning another activity, make a commitment to again heal through seeing by doing this meditation at least once more before the Tammuz moon cycle ends in six days on Sunday, July 31.

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