Connecting with the Global Community: A Meditation for Isolation and Loneliness
As you breathe out, imagine all the tension and stress leaving your body. Allow your body to soften and release any burdens it has been carrying. The out-breath is your body's natural balancer, restoring balance and moving you into a state of relaxation.
Feel the support beneath you, steady and unwavering. Let it fill your body and mind with steadiness. With each out-breath, release even more of what no longer serves you. Allow everything to release down into the steadiness beneath you, where it will be recycled and transformed.
Now, shift your focus to your breath. Notice the coolness as you breathe in and the warmth as you breathe out. Feel the expansion of the in-breath, opening up your chest and thorax, and the softening release of the out-breath. Breathe in from the space around you and out into it.
As you continue to breathe, become aware of the presence of life force all around you. Breathe it in as nourishment, filling every part of your being. Let yourself connect with the community of spirits, all connected through love. Open your heart to the energy of loving-kindness, allowing it to surround you like a beautiful nest.
Breathe in and out, letting loving-kindness soothe, calm, heal, and strengthen you. Imagine every person on this planet, their hearts aglow with loving-kindness. Feel the powerful energy of loving-kindness emanating from each individual, joining together as one. Send out your love to others and allow yourself to receive it back.
Know that you are not alone. You are part of a vast community of love, positive energy, and care. Soften any self-judgment or criticism and appreciate the human being that you are. Rest, repair, replenish, and strengthen yourself as part of this strong and connected community.
Take a moment to give thanks for whatever you are grateful for, big or small. Send your thanks out into the universe. Allow your own words of reassurance or affirmations to come to mind. Finally, bring your attention back to your breath, the steady support beneath you, and the space around you.
You can choose to keep your eyes closed and drift off into deep rest, or when you're ready, open your eyes. I hope you've enjoyed this meditation and remember, you are never alone. Be well.