In one of the mindfulness sessions last week an image appeared that I considered to be helpful. My session was sandwiched within a “very busy” day and I hoped that the session would bring me to a calmer place.
During a session, when I see images or have thoughts I will typically just gently observe them and let them go, unless I have a planned focus for my practice. On this day, I had not identified a specific focus for the session other than my breathing. After about ten minutes or so of a practice that felt a bit like a turbulent plane ride, I saw an image of a large pond with a single lotus blossom in the center. I noticed it and then became aware of my body’s reaction to the image. My breathing deepened and my energy felt more grounded while also expanding, and my body totally relaxed. The image offered a source for my focus in the session, and so rather than “letting go” of it I breathed into it and allowed the image to do its work on me. There was stillness and breath and the image all there and all cradling me in deep relaxation. The intent of mindfulness is to “focus” ones attention and in this case, this image was a perfect little oasis for healing and rejuvenating me on that day.