In the very beginning of life, you were acquainted with the exquisite natural resources of your breath, woman-body, and inner life. You breathed deeply into your belly. You loved your body. You were in touch with the spirit resident within your life.
Over time the girl-child becomes disconnected from the home within her. Caught in the swirls of others, twisted into the shapes of others, depleted by the demands of others, her breath becomes shallow. She ignores her body. She looks to saviors outside of herself for salvation and validation, forgetting the rich resources within her.
In the fullness of time, we become dizzy from swirling, our lives ache from being twisted out of shape, our beings become depleted from servicing others with our attention and energy. Weary, we long to return home yet we have forgotten the way.
Rediscover the Way Home
Home is always waiting. It is as near as a conscious breath, conscious contact with your woman-body, and a descent into your interior life. You have everything you need there. May the "Home Is Always Waiting" meditation remind you of own inner resources when you forget yourself. May it escort you home when you wander away from yourself. May it support you to remain loyal to yourself. Regardless. May it bring a smile to your soul every day of your life.
The Home is Always Waiting Meditation
Gather the Gifts of Your Breath
Return home to your breath. Turn your attention inward by taking a few deep breaths. Become conscious of the breath and its faithful rhythm. Savor the breath as it flows in, through, and around you. On each inhalation, gather yourself from the far corners of your life. Bring your energy and attention “home.” On each exhalation, release the accumulation of the day. Allow sighs, sounds, and yawns to ride on the back of each exhalation to support you to settle into this moment. Breathing in, gather. Breathing out, let go. Home is always waiting. Affirm: The Breath, from which all life unfolds. The Breath, in which past, present, and future meet. I receive the gifts of my Breath.
Gather the Gifts of Your Body
Return home to your body. As you continue to breathe deeply, make conscious contact with your body: move or stretch it, touch or massage it, or imagine the breath reaching into each part of your body. Meet each body sensation with the breath and your own healing, acknowledging touch. If your attention moves away from home, away from this moment, notice the distraction without judgment, and then practice returning home. There will always be distractions. Our life-practice is to return. Breathe again into this moment. Home is always waiting. Affirm: The Body, from which all life unfolds. The Body, in which past, present, and future meet. I receive the gifts of my Body.
Gather the Gifts of Your Inner Life
Return home to your inner life. Escorted by the breath and body, we continue our descent. Imagine yourself as a leaf let go of by an autumn tree, a leaf slowly and gradually descending toward the ground, its descent cushioned by the breath of life, a leaf touching the ground in the forest deep within your being. Make conscious contact with the ground of your being through prayer, an expression of openness, a movement, or in the quietness of the breath. Home is always waiting. Affirm: The ground, from which all life unfolds. The ground, in which past, present, and future meet. I receive the gifts of my Inner Life.
Home is always waiting...in tender times and turbulent times, in graceful moments and in awkward situations, in flowing times and in seasons of stagnation, in fullness and in emptiness, in fear and in courage, in trouble and in beauty. Home is as near as a conscious breath, conscious contact with your woman-body, and a descent into the rich resources of your inner life. Return home often—you have everything you need there.
In 2017 Patricia Lynn Reilly launched “MeaningQuest: Mindfulness Resources for Women,” the culmination of her 25 years as woman-affirming author, facilitator, and trainer. Patricia's mindfulness-based books and trainings flow from her belief that the meaning you seek ‘out there’ is found within your own life, accessed in the present moment, and released into your experience with each mindful breath. Join the MQ Community.
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