Good morning, its been a while since I was able to sit and write. Yesterday, I started meditation 6, and as someone asked on facebook, I will describe my ritual. I do find that developing a ritual helps me concentrate, go into a focused mode (?trance). I am a morning person, and love to wake up before the rest of the family, to have my own quiet time. When it is summer I like to get an early morning walk in, but now, it is still dark.
My kitchen is a holy place in my home, and after wrapping myself up to stay warm, go into the kitchen, prepare coffee, put the clean dishes away from the sink and dishwasher while the coffee steeps, so my kitchen is all prepared for the new day. Since the class started, I have then gone to my Goddess altar, and take the coffee cup from the morning prior, bring it into the kitchen to wash and bring back the coffee offering and my own cup. Weekly I put a fresh glass of water and fresh herbs from my garden. (Yesterday I put a dollop of Kahlua in the coffee for the ancestors, as I was not able to spend much time there, as I got up late, and the family was too noisy for any meditation. Not in my own coffee, but I was tempted.)
After I give the offerings, I give a prayer and ask for a blessing from the goddess, in all her forms. Then I thank my two guides who have been with me. Most mornings I have the time to ask for protections from the guides, then call for protection from the four directions, and above and below, and then sit down in a chair that had been my mother’s favorite, and start a meditation on the ancestors. I still greet all 4 lineages, then start the meditation on my chosen lineage, my mother’s mother’s at this time, I did learn a method of using the body, lung cavity as a drum, and it is more easy for me to meditate and drum by using an open palm to tap my chest, and hum, to make the drumbeat. I tend to like a slower beat, more like a heartbeat, for my meditation. At some point I stop drumming, and meditate. When I need to go back to the present, I will start tapping myself to bring myself back to the present, because if I do not, I seem to be in a half way world for a while. I then thank the guardians from above and below, and the 4 directions, and my guides and the goddess. Timing wise, it can be from just a few minutes to acknowledge my Goddess and guides, to about 15-20 minutes for a full meditation, depending on the day.
If I try this in the evening, I find myself snoring instead. If I am away from my home, I tend to forget the rituals, and need to develop a ritual for when I am away.