Welcome to the Blissful Mind meditation.
Please find yourself a quiet place to sit and dim the lights. Make sure that you are nice and comfortable. Loosen any tight clothing.
Let your hands rest loosely in your lap and close your eyes. Relax.
With your eyes closed, you begin to connect with your inner world of thought and feeling. Gradually, the external world will fade from your awareness.
For the next few minutes, give yourself permission to enjoy this relaxing experience. You are free from all your responsibilities at this time, so put aside any thoughts of tasks or concerns that may be waiting for you.
If you find that your mind wanders during this meditation, simply bring your awareness back to the sound of my voice, and I will guide you to a place of deep relaxation and inner stillness.
Remember that you are always in control. If you wish to stop at any time, you can do so by simply opening your eyes.
Now take a long slow deep breath in, and then release that breath.
Feel yourself relaxing.
Again, take a long slow deep breath in, and then let that breath go.
Take another deep breath in, and exhale completely.
Notice how calming it is to breathe this way. Notice the feelings of relaxation that are beginning to spread throughout your whole body.
Continue to breathe slowly, deeply and gently.
With each breath you take, your thoughts become lighter.
You may sense a feeling of spaciousness opening up inside you.
Allow the gentle movement of your breath to guide you into an even more relaxed state.
In, and out, and deeper you go.
In, and out, allow your mind to gradually slow down all by itself.
In, and out.
You are now in a state of relaxation, and it’s time to enjoy a guided journey to an inner place of serenity and bliss.
As I speak, just allow images to form in your mind naturally, in your own time.
If mental pictures don’t come easily to you, then simply sense your imagined surroundings rather than seeing them.
Let go of all your expectations, and allow yourself to experience this guided journey in whatever way comes naturally to you.
Imagine that you are standing in a beautiful grassy field. You can feel the lush green grass, soft beneath your bare feet.
You can feel the warmth of the sun on your face and body.
You can hear the sounds of nature around you.
You are very much at home in this peaceful place. You have all the time in the world. You feel safe and happy here.
Take a moment to appreciate your surroundings.
You notice a large tree growing nearby.
Begin to walk towards the tree. Take your time, be in the moment and experience each step.
As you walk, feel yourself slipping even more deeply into a state of total relaxation.
Now you stand beneath the tree. Its strong branches and broad leaves hang right over your head.
Notice that the tree is covered in delicious fruits of many shapes, sizes and colours. This is no ordinary tree. Its fruits contain special powers.
Reach up and take a piece of fruit from the tree, study it for a moment, notice the colour, the texture, the weight of it in your hand.
Now take a bite.
As the fruit slides down your throat and into your stomach, something wonderful begins to happen. A feeling of happiness begins to glow deep inside you.
The sensation begins in your stomach, and then it spreads to your chest and your heart.
Let go of thinking, and concentrate on feeling. Nurture this sensation of happiness and love. Feel yourself gently glowing with it.
Take another bite of the fruit now. Taste it, savour it.
Now the wonderful feeling intensifies a little more. Feel yourself gently radiating this pleasant sensation of love and happiness.
Now take a third bite of the fruit, take as much as you want.
Relax and allow yourself to swell up with this delightful feeling. Don’t try. Just let it rise effortlessly within you. Allow it to increase as much as you like.
Stay with these blissful feelings and enjoy this time of peaceful meditation. You can remain in this relaxed state of meditation for as long as you like.
If you would like to finish this meditation, you may do so at any time.
When you are ready, bring your awareness slowly back to the here and now, open your eyes, and stretch your body gently. Please give yourself a few minutes to adjust before you get up.