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Susan Helene Kramer
In the throes of grief we can hardly be comforted. But if we sit
in meditation and begin even, regular breathing, we can take a respite from
physical, mental, and emotional trauma for a few minutes.
Meditation when grieving
Sit in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Keep your spine erect. If sitting on a cushion bend your legs in. If sitting on a straight-back chair plant the soles of your feet firmly on the floor for balance. Either way, fold your hands in your lap, or place them palms up or palms down on your thighs.
Close your eyes. Begin even, regular breathing, such as one count to inhale and one count to exhale. Continue this pattern throughout your meditation.
Breath is a connection that regulates the interaction of body, mind and emotions. When feeling upset or unrest, begin even breathing as just described to bring harmony back into your life.
For this meditation, pay attention to each aspect of the breath. Listen to your inhalation, listen to your exhalation. This keeps your mind busy for the time being, and gives you a break from feeling emotional in your grief.
After a period of time, continue the even breathing, but think with appreciation for something you do have in your life, such as a person or pet. Feeling appreciation is a comfort in periods of stress and grief.
To finish your meditation take a deep inhalation and exhalation. Open your eyes and stretch out.
Now do something you enjoy. Be good to yourself. Use this meditation often during heavy grief to provide an oasis of comfort for a bit of time.
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A meditation and yoga practitioner since 1976, Susan writes on practical spirituality, meditation, yoga, family and social issues, and dance. Her instructional books are listed at her web site – http://www.susankramer.com/books.html
page created January 17, 2018