Air Meditation

Find a comfortable place to sit where you will not be disturbed
This meditation works well when sitting outside in the open

Sit quietly with your spine straight
Take your awareness to your breathing
The tidal in and out of your breath
Feel the rise and fall of your chest and abdomen as the air enters and then leaves your lungs

Now allow those breaths to slow and deepen
And feel everything around you become quiet and still

Imagine that you are standing at the foot of a beautiful mountain
The end of summer is approaching, and weather is warm and balmy
The sun is high in the blue sky and a gentle breeze whispers as you make your way through the rugged grass to begin your ascent
You can hear birds of prey keening as they climb the thermal currents way above your head and the playful sound of bubbling water from the burn running down the mountain side
All is at peace and in balance
As you look down at your feet, you notice a beautiful, coloured feather.
You reach down and collect it
It reflects every colour
Iridescent in the sunlight
You begin to steadily climb
The atmosphere is warm and alive, and the exercise is exhilarating

As you reach the half-way point
You notice that the air is becoming fresher and cooler
The change is welcome
The gentle breeze has become a steady wind
Blowing away anything that has stayed with you for too long
You stop and allow the wind to blow you in all directions
As you do this you take your awareness to anything that you wish to be free of
Any old belief, outmoded thought pattern or unwanted behaviour that has outstayed its welcome
Maybe some things that were useful once but no longer serve you now
Even as you bring them into your awareness
They are immediately taken up by the air and blown away back to source
Renewing your sense of Self
Freeing you and leaving lighter
And ready to complete your ascent

As you continue to climb you notice the wind growing stronger and stronger
You marvel at its enormous energy
It buffets you in all directions
You can also see the place you left behind becoming smaller and smaller
Enabling you to see all of it
The bigger picture
Everything in its place and everything in balance
The birds-eye view

Now as you reach the top of this giant mountain you feel the wind roaring around your ears
You are almost lifted up by its strength
The view below is astonishing
You can see everything
What seemed difficult before seems logical and easy now
Like pieces if a jigsaw puzzle

As you stand and feel the full force of the wind
You take out your feather
You hold it between your fingertips and fill it with all your ideas
Your hopes
Your intentions
Your ambitions
Every seed of creativity that has expressed itself within you now comes into your awareness
Things that you have wanted to try but have been held back by fear
Breath all of them into your feather
Ready to be given life

When you are ready, let it go
Watch as the strong currents of air pick it up
Twirl it and dance with it
Higher and higher
Until it disappears
Entrusted to the Universe for right action
Now detach yourself from old feelings of disappointment
Let go of need and resentment
Know that they only block your progress
Allow yourself to soak up the energy of this great wind
To feel the steadiness of the Earth beneath your feet as you soar like the birds of prey
When you are ready
Begin to make your gentle descent
Lighter and energised
Back to full awareness with a brand-new perspective