There are days when I could easily feel overwhelmed with everything going on in life. Like a cup about to overflow.
Instead of waiting to see which next "drop" will unleash the flood, meditation is my way of mentally and emotionally emptying the cup a little bit.
Here's an exercise I find especially helpful in those moments. Very simple. Even if you've never meditated before, this is a good one to try. If you are familiar with meditation, you know you can also use different colors depending on what your focus or goal is at the time.
First, deep breathing. A couple of Mondays ago I mentioned square breathing technique. You can do that or just take a few deep breaths. Doesn't need to be a huge ordeal, just close your eyes and breathe... nice slow, easy, deep breaths.
Picture a little pilot light in the area of your heart. If you need a visualization to get started, picture a match or small candle being lit.
Now picture the light gradually getting brighter and brighter... a yellow or white glow expanding bigger and bigger until it surrounds your whole body. Then imagine the glow is radiating out into the room around you.... and then shining out into the universe like a beacon of light.
As you do this, feel the feelings of gratitude and happiness. You can even think of a specific happy moment. Whatever helps you replace the usual chaos of life with peaceful, joyful, thankful feelings. Let the positive emotion wash over you... bask in it.
I usually picture my kids. There a special feeling of intense joy and peace I feel when I'm snuggling them close; kissing their hair and just so filled with love that nothing in the world could ever take it away.
If you're into affirmations (which I am), you can repeat something to yourself like, "I am radiating love and light... attracting health, happiness and prosperity into my life now."
So be it, so it is.