Mindfulness Month: Day 5 Mini Meditation on Interdependence

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In contrast to yesterday’s meditation on independence, today’s honors the ways in which we depend on others and the ways in which others depend on us.

Today’s meditation:

  • Tonight, shortly before you go to bed, go somewhere quiet and sit in a comfortable position.
  • Set your timer for five minutes (or whatever you’d like), or simply decide to go for a time that feels right.
  • Take a few slow breaths. Feel yourself releasing any tension in your temples, brow and forehead area, neck and shoulder area, and back.
  • Then focus on your heart area, and feel a sense of relaxing.
  • When you are relaxed, continue to concentrate on your heart area and think of a beloved family member or friend (whether of the human or pet variety and whether alive or passed on).
  • Continue breathing in an even and slow manner, with a slightly longer exhale.
  • Imagine that beloved is in front of you and feel the connection you have.
  • Spend the time you’ve allotted simply feeling a sense of that connection and it’s warmth.
  • End your meditation (when the timer goes off or when you’ve finished) with a sense of gratitude both for what you have given and what you have received in this relationship.
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