By Bernie Bell
Recently, I hit a low.
To try to help me to get through, and out of, this state of mind, I tried meditating.
I lay down on the sofa and either listen to a guided meditation, or just….breathe…… following my breath.
I was listening to a C.D. by Richard Lawrence https://www.aetherius.org/richard-lawrence/ entitled….’Meditation’! Richard suggested picturing a blank screen, and placing your thoughts on it. I didn’t take to the idea of a screen – so I pictured a blank canvas instead – but I still couldn’t get my head round ‘placing my thoughts on it’. I couldn’t catch how to do that.
Then I got an image of –
A drop of water, falling into water, and the ripples, spreading out, over and over again. Not dropping into a pool, as there were no edges – the canvas had gone – there was nothing in my awareness, except the drop of water, dropping into the water, and the ripples spreading out.
The drop of water, dropping into the water, and the ripples, spreading out.
It was very soothing and I fell asleep!
I now find that, going about my day, if I feel myself starting to tense up, or feel ‘teary’ – I can stop, and picture the drop of water, dropping into the water, and the ripples spreading out, again, and again.
And, again, it is soothing.
I’ve written this down, for if it might be helpful for someone else, to picture….
A drop of water, dropping into water, slowly, gently, and the ripples spreading out, over and over. Simple as that. Nothing else.
A droplet, doing what droplets do – sending out ripples.