Nourished by Beauty

Designing meditations in the tradition of yoga is a little like writing a 3-line, 17 syllable Japanese haiku poem.

Most of the time in the meditation is devoted to preparing the mind and body to engage with the meditation.

At appropriate points, the teacher has the chance to set an intention, to introduce a meditation object, or to introduce the main meditation.

In haiku-length moments.

And then to be silent as participants have their own experiences.

The intended direction of the meditation and the wording are carefully chosen.

The Nourished by Beauty meditation was multiverse – I included five (haiku-like) verses.  Considerably more twists than most of my meditations.

I’ll share the first two.

Verse 1:

Imagine a garden filled with flowers and with butterflies on a beautiful summer day.

[wait about a minute]
[insert appropriate movement and breathing steps]

Verse 2:

Butterflies usually eat nectar from flowers.
But these butterflies are special. They get their nourishment from beauty.
You’re standing in a garden filled with butterflies who get their nourishment from beauty.

[wait about a minute]
[insert appropriate movement and breathing steps]

Butterflies who get their nourishment from beauty was my sneaky fun way of shifting to the main point of the meditation.

But would it work for participants?

Discussion after the meditation suggests that it did.

I am always interested in hearing about your experience.

Kindly,

Carrie