Meditating with a six-years-old can be tricky, it is a juggling game between letting go of the desire to do it right and join the fun when she wants to have some hearty laughs and trying to bring back then some focus on some simple deep breathing and visualisation. We don’t spend much time reading and “meditating” in bed before her sleep and it appears only a simple and ordinary activity but it brings infinite magic and wonder to my daily routine. I remind of something I read recently in a book – Haiku Mind by Patricia Donegan – about “finding ordinary mind… how subtle and ordinary Haiku really was – and that because it is so ordinary it seems extraordinary.” Meditating with my daughter feels the same subtle and ordinary and eventually very much extraordinary.
Recently we were trying to practice a Meditation called the “Rainbow meditation” from the book “Buddha at bedtime” and that meditation, my daughter laughs and appreciation for the colours and for the idea of being filled with happiness, love, friendship, peace and gentleness inspired my last Mandala.
“Take a breath in… and out, and feel your body relax.
Picture yourself surrounded by red light. Imagine breathing in the red light, and it filling you with energy.
Now see yourself surrounded by orange light. Imagine breathing in the orange light, and it filling you with strength.
Next, visualise yourself surrounded by yellow light. Imagine breathing in the yellow light, and it filling you with happiness.
Then, picture yourself surrounded by green light. Imagine breathing in the green light, and it filling you with friendship. – Here my daughter was very excited about being filled with friendship. –
Now see yourself surrounded by blue light. Imagine breathing in the blue light, and it filling you with peace.
Next picture yourself surround by Indigo light, breathing indigo light, and it filling you with gentleness. – Here we both had some doubts about what colour was indigo, but we both loved being filled with gentleness. –
Now, visualise yourself surrounded by violet light. Imagine breathing in the violet light, and it filling you with love. – Obviously being romantic, in the most encompassing way, souls, we both loved this last part about love. –
Finally imagine a bright rainbow carrying all this energy, strength, happiness, friendship, peace, gentleness and love from your heart, into your home, your street, your town, your country… the whole world. Slowly the rainbow fade…” – From Buddha at Bedtime by Dharmachari Nagaraja.
These are the two books that inspired me
and this is my Rainbow Mandala
This idea of the ordinary life also inspired some walking writing meditation, that brings my attention to the little corner of the world where I am so lucky to live and to notice things which are at once ordinary and magnificent:
Thick solid grey clouds
Rays of light red and yellow filter through
Like a sign of God’s presence
Wonders of Nature
In a little green leave now red on the ground
In the sweet yawn of kitten half asleep in a bed of sun
In the joyful singing of many birds hidden safely in the branches of the trees
The vast blue sky, then almost black and sparkling with the light of countless little stars
A transparent white moon still high in the vast sky in the morning
All ordinary simple free gifts unnoticed too easily.
Of the miracles of our everyday life around us
How little we notice and know.
We are outsiders.
We are strangers to our world
inside us and outside us.
We take too much for granted and
We forget to be grateful for our innumerable blessings that
we notice only when we lose them.
Our life revolution is to notice and to appreciate the subtle wonders of everyday life.