dearest reader, if you are tense
or pondering war
or the dentist,
or tonight’s dinner,
may i suggest a lovely meditation
destined to melt deep tension?
Do you all know the seven chakras?
base of your sweet spine,
deep in your womb or lower abdomen,
in the depths of your stomach,
oh, yes, dancing in your heart,
upwards to your special throat,
further upwards to that Third Eye between
your lovely eyebrows,
finally at the top of your head, yes,
rising out of your magnificent hair.
Close your tired eyes, my love,
and breathe so slowly, so deeply,
into that first chakra, the base of your
existence, your deep spine,
breathe in and out,
You can’t do this quickly.
Let your breath flow like water.
Let your breath sink with your attention into
this deepest part of yourself.
Eight times, mind you, breathe.
Now turn to your sexual chakra,
your relationship chakra, and
Relax, breathe, you can’t help but relax,
you can’t help but melt into what you were before
sunrise slanted between your morning blinds.
Eight times, mind you, slower, slower, slowest.
Move up in your body, your sacred stomach,
your open heart,
your tickled tonsils,
your wise third eye,
that open space in your head which never closed
and never will close.
Eight times, seven chakras.
Now turn to any part of your body, oh your body,
breathe eight times into this hurt and that hurt,
the sacred spiral number eight,
If you have time–and don’t we all have time if the
Mind isn’t insisting otherwise?
breathe into the whole body eight times,
tippy toes to frizzy hairs at the tippy top, and
do you have another eight breaths to give
to the world,
the world beyond the body,
what you also encompass,
even though we forget?
Ok, my sweet, now open your blue or brown eyes
and just breathe gently,
never stop breathing,
so relaxed now
you’ve forgotten this is your natural state.
you’re being breathed,
oh sweet oxygen,
oh sweet utter surrender.