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  • Diane Duane

January 28, 2019: Hydra Meditation

Updated: Oct 15, 2019

"Bright Little Offerings Gathered"

This week began with a ½ marathon training run and plenty of time to reflect and absorb.

One moment of reflection came with the jazz vespers concert Sunday sponsored by Roswell Roots. There was a song about awakening our senses to let our creator enliven all of our lives. And that led me to thinking about a time when I felt fully alive. I remembered a trip I took more than a decade ago, to a little island in the Mediterranean called Edra (or Hydra or Water in English). I returned to an excerpt from my journal:

Harbor, mountains, boats – some really beautiful. One yacht, not.

Making way up the hill toward the sun, thinking about a group of unlikely friends I had shared the journey with.

Height of mountains on one side and the depth of the Mediterranean on the other. Feeling small in the best sense. You are part of a larger whole—not perfect but always evolving. Time to turn around.

Enjoying the soft waves on the rocks where the day before we had lounged in the sun, some jumping into the water below. Some of us not quite courageous enough….but there was no judgement.

Wandering back down the path knowing it’s almost time to report to the cliff on the other side of the harbor. Notice that ugly yacht again and realize someone might have been taught that it was beautiful…..just let them enjoy their version of seafaring beauty…and let it go!

As we sit together overlooking the sea, we retrace in our songs and words and silence the path we have traveled…

Out of that lengthy rumination came a script for a guided meditation that I shared at Plum Tree Yoga.

So here's your meditation prompt:

Can you recall a time when you felt fully alive? Take ten minutes to meditate on that time—the sounds, smells, colors. Take another five minutes to write down what you're thinking and feeling. Read what you've written. Know that you can return to that place (with the help of your notes!) any time you have a few minutes to take close your eyes and take some deep breaths.