Relaxation Meditation: Letting Go and Finding Inner Peace
Letting Go of Attachments
The meditation begins by inviting you to close your eyes and draw your attention away from future concerns and attachments. You are encouraged to become aware of the flow of your breath and the weight and volume of your body. As you exhale, you are invited to release any tension or burdens that your body no longer needs to carry.
Connecting to Steady Ground
Next, the meditation guides you to bring your attention to the weight of your body resting on a steady surface beneath you. You are encouraged to notice the steadiness and allow it to support you. By sitting back onto this steadiness, you can let go of the energy of constantly needing to do the next thing or get anything right. Instead, you can simply be present in this moment, grounded and at ease.
Awareness of Breath
The meditation then directs your attention to the sensation of your breath entering and leaving your body. You are guided to notice the coolness of the air as you inhale and the warmth as you exhale. You are also invited to observe the movements of your body as you breathe, the expansion of the in-breath, and the softening and letting go motion of the out-breath.
Releasing Tension from Your Body
The meditation continues by guiding you to release tension from different parts of your body. Starting from your shoulders, you are encouraged to breathe into each area and allow it to soften and release. This includes your arms, chest, upper abdomen, belly, buttocks, upper legs, lower legs, ankles, feet, top of your back, mid-back, and lower back. By focusing on each area and consciously letting go, you can release any tension or holding patterns.
Expanding Your Awareness
As the meditation progresses, you are invited to expand your awareness to the space around you. You are encouraged to notice the touch of the air on your face and body, the play of light and shade, and the sounds in your environment. By allowing everything to be there without judgment or resistance, you can experience a sense of spaciousness and connection to the world around you.
Cultivating Loving Kindness
The meditation concludes by inviting you to cultivate loving kindness towards yourself. You are guided to breathe in the healing balm of loving kindness and let it nourish every cell in your body. By appreciating yourself and practicing self-compassion, you can create a kinder and warmer attitude towards yourself.
Bringing Yourself Back
Finally, the meditation gently brings you back to the present moment, reminding you to notice the movements of your body and the sensation of your breath. You are encouraged to appreciate the steadiness and support beneath you and to acknowledge that you are here, in this moment. Take your time to transition back to your regular activities, carrying the sense of relaxation and inner peace with you.