Let me ask you, what do you think of when you think about summer?
For a lot of us, that word evokes feelings of warmth and comfort and happiness. For me, summer is all about meditation.
Guided Meditation For Summer Abundance
I think of the magical twilight in summer. The pink, red, purple, and blue skies. The mysterious and stirring feeling of twilight, when a hush settles over everything. You hear the sound of crickets and frogs. All the sounds of the night reverberate under the dome of the summer sky.
I’ve always felt that in the summer, I get to actually hear the interconnection of everything. All the creatures sending up their songs into the ambient soundscape. In that way, hearing is a bit like seeing. You get to perceive the whole symphonic cacophony of life. It’s glorious and it melts away your stress.
It’s hard not to feel at home in the universe and in yourself when you tune in to that chorus of life. It ebbs and flows. And at certain moments it all goes quiet. There’s a pause in the whole movement, and in that fraction of time, the cradle of silence comes welling up and swallows everything. That silence is pervasive under the night sounds.
The first time I every perceived the living quality of silence was on a summer night at twilight in Georgia sitting on the stoop of my Atlanta home. I was just sitting there listening and then I became aware of the silence. It was like a sound beneath all the other sounds. And I felt it calling to me. I became absorbed in that silence.
Summer is a time for easing into the warmth and the song of life. It’s a time for paying attention and celebrating the rich fertility and abundance that’s exploding all around us.
If you let yourself become quiet, if you settle yourself and listen carefully pay attention and you’ll feel that abundance in the silence. You’ll feel energy pouring through that silence. I’ve never felt that silence is empty.
On the contrary, when you really let go into it, it’s full and it fills you like a tap filling a pitcher with cool and refreshing water on a hot day. It’s the kind of cool drink that keeps you coming back for more. When you drink that silence, you can feel yourself being washed clean from the inside out.
For me, meditation is like summer. It’s the release. The letting go. The relaxing into the ecstatic flow of life with a capital L. It’s sitting on the shady riverbank watching the sun-soaked water roll on by. It’s the dipping, soaring, swooping dance of the barn swallows.
And all of this in perfect stillness and perfect silence. It’s coming to the table and the communion of all life. Meditation is partaking in the magic and the mystery of this moment without hesitation or judgement or separation.
Can you relax completely and let yourself slip into this stream of silent communion with life. It’s that moment I woke up with my head on my lover’s lap on a picnic afternoon when I was 15 and there was no end to the future. Everything was perfect and my heart was full and still unbroken. And even now, in this moment, in this endless summer of meditation, everything is perfect. Even with all the scars, the broken hearts, the challenges, it’s all part of the pageantry of life.
In this moment, right now, with the song of creation all around me, all the wounds fade into the background and it’s just the pure pulse of life. The goodness. The continuity. The unspeakable peace and silence that is always here. The conviction that nothing was ever wrong.
This summer, let yourself fall more deeply into life and see what you find. Take a vacation from your mind and it’s constant rumination. Let yourself relax and be attentive to the miracle of life. Because, after all, that is what meditation is all about.
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