Thursday 20 March 2008

Meditations on the element of air

Last year I made a commitment to write meditations for each element and, on the Winter Solstice, I posted my guided visualisation for earth on my blog.

Spring Equinox was the time for me to do a meditation on the element of air and I tried to write something similar to my previous one. However, my first attempt took me in a different direction. It was a guided visualisation in the same format and had airy themes, but the underlying focus seemed to be more about creativity. Creativity is important to me with my writing and photography and I think that must have been on my mind at the time.

The guided visualisation I came up with is probably valid in its own right, although it needs a bit more work, and I will publish it on my blog when I am happy with it.

However, a few days before the Spring Equinox I was still without an air meditation. I needed to come up with something that encapsulated my thoughts and feelings on the element of air and I started to think up a few images. Then I realised they were a meditation of sorts - not a guided visualisation, but appropriate. Here it is:

Air Meditation

Sit in a quiet place, take a few deep breaths and spend a few
moments contemplating each meditation in turn:

Summer evening;
The warm scent of climbing flowers;

Flocks of dead leaves dance in the wind.
It tugs at you to join them.

Winter's night
A storm howls in the darkness
You hear its hunger

Clouds scud across an open sky.
Early birds fly back to nest.

Sounds outside
an open window
The words of a stranger change your life.
After you have finished, take another deep breath and remain still for a few moments.

After writing those words I realised they were rather like Haiku, although the traditional Japanese poems have 17 syllables and mine aren't that exact. I guess I'm a bad poet as well as a bad witch.

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