Some time back, a wonderful friend gave me a CD from a retreat she’d attended. She’d loved her time there and thought I’d enjoy the meditation tracks on the CD. She was right. The whole CD was terrific—relaxing and uplifting—but there was one track that really stood out for me. Allow me to walk you through it.
Close your eyes and bring your attention inward. Inhale deeply and as you exhale, release all that no longer serves you. Continue breathing fully and deeply, each breath taking you deeper into relaxation.
Once you’re nicely settled into the silence, envision a beautiful doorway just ahead of you. Step toward the door, turn the knob, and enter. The room is filled with warm golden light, and you are enveloped in its safe, healing energy. You know this place is here just for you; it is yours and everything within is meant for you.
You see a large table surrounded by comfortable chairs. The room is filled with the beings who have loved, supported, and guided you. There may be family members, alive or having already passed, friends past or present, colleagues, mentors, ancestors, animals, or archetypal energies. Watch as they settle into their seats around the table. Feel their loving presence and know they have your best interests at heart. Take your time and allow yourself to welcome them with an open heart.
One by one, connect with each being in attendance. Look into their eyes, embrace them, and allow them to embrace you. Become aware of a question you might want to ask them or a gift you’d like to receive. Each time, connect fully and accept their love, wisdom, and gifts. Before moving on to the next being, ask, “Is there anything else?”
When you’re ready, say goodbye to each being. Full of peace and gratitude, make your way to the door, knowing you can return here any time and that you are taking their love and support with you. Step out of the room and breathe deeply for a few moments. When you’re ready, gently open your eyes.
That was wonderful, right? The first time I listened to it, I found myself weeping. Full to overflowing. It reminds me a bit of a beautiful moment from a speech Fred Rogers gave when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Daytime Emmys. He asked audience members to close their eyes for 10 seconds and think of the people who had cared about them and wanted what was best for them (And what a beautiful truth he spoke: “All of us have special ones who have loved us into being.”). Ten seconds later, there was hardly a dry eye in the crowd.
When they were young, my kids razzed me mercilessly about my great affection for Fred Rogers. Yes, I suppose he was a cardigan-wearing dork, but I think he was the essence of what human beings should strive to be. Kind, open-hearted, accepting, decent, and true. That moment at the Emmys was, to me, a perfect representation of the quintessential Mister Rogers. The man knew—as all of us do at our cores—what matters most. And he, unlike too many, wasn’t afraid to show his heart to the world, even if in doing so, he was branded as the very definition of uncool.
What about you? Who was seated at your table? Who has loved you into being? Whomever they are, how fortunate you are to have had them, to be able to revisit them whenever you want, and to carry them with you still.
One last thing before we part: Who do you believe might carry you with them? At whose table might you be seated?
If you have a minute or two:
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