An Aspirational Meditation in 12 Stanzas
Open Mind Clear Vision True Speech Warm Heart Calm Center Open Mind Open Vision Open Speech Open Heart Open Center Clear Mind Clear Vision Clear Speech Clear Heart Clear Center True Mind True Vision True Speech True Heart True Center Warm Mind Warm Vision Warm Speech Warm Heart Warm Center Calm Mind Calm Vision Calm Speech Calm Heart Calm Center Open Mind Clear Mind True Mind Warm Mind Calm Mind Open Vision Clear Vision True Vision Warm Vision Calm Vision Open Speech Clear Speech True Speech Warm Speech Calm Speech Open Heart Clear Heart True Heart Warm Heart Calm Heart Open Center Clear Center True Center Warm Center Calm Center Open Mind Clear Vision True Speech Warm Heart Calm Center
On each in-breath, I hold the first word. On the out breath, I hold the second word, and bring the feeling of that concept to the part of my body referenced (head, eyes, mouth/throat, heart, gut).
I try to consider that each term is both an adjective, and thus a thing to aspire to (a True Heart, an Open Vision, etc.) as well as a verb instructing me how to attain that state.
When I notice my mind has wanderd, I try to pick up where I left off, or back at the beginning.
This is how I’ve been going to sleep lately, unless I’m too tired to do anything but breath counting. When I have time, I try to go through it in the shower as well.
I don’t know if it’s making me a better person, but it feels good to remind myself that I aspire to be curious, capable, and compassionate.