Guided Audio Meditation
Carolyn McDonough, C. Ht.
Living soulfully means allowing whatever is happening in life to proceed
naturally and authentically even when the experience is less than
positive. While it's essential to maintain a life-affirming anchor, such
as a mind/body/spirit practice or volunteering, sometimes this anchor is
stripped away and we find ourselves adrift, separated from what normally
sustains us. At such times, rather than dredge for the former anchor
perhaps it would be better to acknowledge and accept the new anchor-less
During a difficult time recently when I was finding it especially hard
to think positively, a gifted friend of mine who practices Buddhism
offered the following observation: even negative thoughts, feelings, and
memories are something, and that having them is better than nothing
because it shows we’re still engaged in a dialogue with God. This
supportive advice is an example of living soulfully, indeed, as is a
conversation with a friend who threw me a new anchor when I needed one.
I hope the following guided visualization offers such an anchor to
anyone in need with all best wishes for all the days of
the New Year.
Carolyn McDonough, C. Ht.
Meditation for Living Soulfully
Visualize yourself in a beautiful natural outdoor setting, sitting on a
beautiful rock anywhere in time or place that you would like. You're
facing the big, hot sun which has just risen before you and warms your
face, body, the rock and earth under your feet.
As the sun warms and relaxes you, opening your energy centers it also
energizes the earth below you. So take a moment to feel the earth's
energy enter you through the soles of your feet and up your legs, to
the base of your spine, as it passes through the power and wisdom of the
ages contained in the rock, conveying this to you energetically.
Feel this healing energy infusing your body, nourishing any parts that
you would like, or that it is drawn to, as you sense it finding and
energizing certain places in your being.
As you sit in this way before your Creator and the Sun, allowing the
powerful sun and patient, strong earth energy to sustain you, start to
feel the creation of a new place on your inner level to accept yourself
and breathe in the deep relaxation of acceptance.
And take a moment now to allow the powerful energies and qualities that
we have brought forth to resonate within you so that you may bring them
into your day and life vision with you, and start to breathe in the
earth's energy to ground and center you from your journey now, as we
prepare to transition out of meditation feeling purified, centered and
You may want to reconnect with your body by moving your hands, feet,
head and neck slowly, and shade your eyes with your hands before opening
them slowly, if you have been meditating with your eyes closed, allowing
yourself some time to adjust.
McDonough 2003. All rights reserved.
Carolyn McDonough, C. Ht., is Founder and Producer of
DesktopMeditations.com and was Associate Producer for the Spirituality
Channel of Beliefnet.com, a multi-faith religion and spirituality
website. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Media Studies
from The New School and holds a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
from Vassar College where she graduated cum laude. She also studied at
the University of Florence and was awarded a museum fellowship to the
Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, where she became Assistant
to the Director.
In 1993 a major health challenge and subsequent life transition led
Carolyn to study meditation and yoga for self-healing. From this experience her singing
voice re-awakened and she began recording again while also becoming a
Certified Hypnotherapist, developing Desktop Meditations, a spoken word
guided imagery technique based upon night dreams of her recovery and
genesis of the WellNet with Carolyn RealAudio/Video netcast of online
meditation now located at DesktopMeditations.com. Carolyns technique was
created to assist others in self-healing through the guided imagery
modality from her positive result with it. As the netcast and its
website content expanded to include mind/body wellness, the original
mission remains and has been featured extensively online as well as by
The New York Times MindBodyHealth E.com Directory, Working Mother
Magazine, PC Magazine Online, The Silicon Alley Reporter Winter, and
CNNFN. You can email Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit
her website at: www.desktopmeditations.com.