This meditation is from my collection Meditations For My Loved Ones. Sitting comfortably, begin with deep slow breaths that begin and end deep in your stomach. Say the following words to yourself in your heart.
Breathing in, I am here
Breathing out, I am grounded
Breathing in, I am connected
Breathing out, I am grateful
Visualize the face of your loved one who has passed away.
I am grateful for the moments
That you were with me
I am grateful for the time
That will be eternal as I hold you
In my memory
And my laughter, tears and smiles
You are the lines in my hands, the light in my eyes,
The sun shimmering on a tree branch,
Or glistening on a drop of morning dew.
You are in the call of the birds,
The chickadees in winter,
The loons on the lake
The honking of the Canada geese flying overhead.
You are in the wind, rustling the leaves,
The poplar trees making their beautiful song,
With the movement of their leaves as you sweep through them,
You are the laughter of small children,
And the sounds of summer as they play outside.
You are in the comfort of a dog nuzzling me, waiting to be petted,
The closeness of my loved ones
Are all around me,
Even if they have passed, they are in this universe
All around me, and in my smile.
The wildflowers in the field, with a warm summer breeze
Bring hope and promise that time will soothe my heart
The snow in winter that lies on the evergreen branches,
And the ice that coats with a magical glisten,
Remind me that seasons change,
And we will come and go
But always, you will walk with me,
For you are all around me,
You are in my laughter, tears, and smiles
You are with me, for always.
And I am grateful.
Sit with your feelings and thoughts for a time, and when you are ready, write in your journal on the following ideas or anything that is in your heart.
1. Write the name of your loved one and write about a memory you cherish of them.
2. What is something that reminds you of this specific memory when you look at it or see it?
3. Write about your gratitude for having this memory that you cherish so much.
4. Look around you, what are some things that remind you of your loved one? If you had to find their song in the world around you, where would you look for reminders of them?