Find a comfortable position in which it is easy to relax. The guidance continues through the meditation. They include a short reflection (<3> minutes), a focus on breathing, relaxing the body, the mind and balancing our core energy, several quiet times (1 - 4 minutes), concluding with a return. If you wish to stay in the quiet time stop the play back. The length of recording is around 30 minutes
The glue is what holds ‘our story’ together. The phrase ‘I feel unstuck’ or some such comment is a good description for feeling ‘our story’ is falling apart. For well-being we require some idea of who we are and where we are going. The “glue” that we look for is to allow us to be flexible and adjustable yet strong, realizing that as we journey through our life both internal and external changes will take place so we can accommodate changes and flow.
Many live on the ‘froth and bubble’ with no thought that there are deeper levels within. It is connecting to the deeper aspects of ourself that will create the strength and flexibility we require in that rapidly changing world. The meditation and mindfulness are established tools to use to relax, quieten and connect to the strength within.
Expanding, widening, deepening is our remembering, that is our story.
It is service. Service to ourself. Serve self first. And as we serve ourselves in our motivation, in our attitude, and learning new things, we keep moving. Then all of those creative things that we have produced are going out to make a network. That is serving others.
We have been brought up to think of others. Sometimes that is confusing. Sometimes we run out of energy and start to pull away and even turn off – it is easier.
If we can keep up the self-discovery, be willing to discover new experiences as we go through our life changes, then we will serve others. Our very attitude will encourage others. We can even be more direct and suggest to other people, friends and acquaintances to use their thoughts and creativity, in which ever way they choose to serve others after they have served themselves.
It is good to take some time for ourselves. Quiet time, time to gather ourselves together to bring ourselves, body, mind and spirit into harmony and balance. With so much input from so many sources we easily turn off, disconnect or bury ourselves in some activity. Many times we are not replenished and remain disconnected.
It can be difficult to make that vital time. Meditation and mindfulness are helpful tools. However, sometimes it is necessary to have a guided ‘distraction’ because many find it very difficult to remain in silence for very long, if at all.
It’s good to make time for ourselves.
There is great wisdom behind very old stories. The wisdom is adjusted to the culture and the conditions of long ago. When we look at the old stories today the overlay of those times has distorted truths on which they were formed and they mean little to us now.
“Raise Self by Self” leads us to begin to see that we are often led by what we feel. Our emotions lead the way. It is good to allow the thought that we are deeper than our emotions, even deeper than our intellect.
Sometimes we even seem to observe ourselves. If we can change our thoughts we can move to changing our feelings and begin to shift our attitude.
The second line, “Let not the self droop down”, it is very appropriate for today.