The longest night of the year is celebrated in many different ways, but ultimately represents the slumber and regeneration of life. As humans, we don’t take rest as seriously as other earth creatures, although it would do us much good. Here is a simple nighttime meditation, good for ensuring a healing sleep. Easy to memorize, or simply record it and play it back before bedtime:
Set up the room with no light but a single candle, perhaps something aromatherapeutic. Play soft music or nature sounds, anything that will help you ignore dripping faucets or passing traffic. Sit up straight but comfortably with your feet flat on the floor and your hands resting gently in your lap.
Close your eyes and take three deep, cleansing breaths. Feel the tension drain from your neck and allow your shoulders to drop. Smell the candle. Float in the music. You are safe. Now, imagine a golden cord curled up at the base of your spine. Allow one end of that silken cord to drop down, down, down, from the base of you spine to the very core of the earth. In your mind, picture the earth as a woman, lovingly reaching out to take that cord and hold it securely, anchoring you, protecting you. You are safe.
Feel yourself travel from her welcome grasp up the long length of golden cord through the earth and back to the base of your spine. Breathe deeply, and relax. Feel the warm, silken cord continue to unfurl up your spine, unfolding like peaceful petals at the base of your neck and continuing gently up through your crown and into the ceiling and on through the dark night sky. The strong, silken, golden cord that is the core of your being stretches down into the strength of the earth, through you, and up beyond the darkness and into the infinite light of the universe.
Breathe deeply. Feel the healing universal light travel down the cord to your spine. Feel the loving strength of earth travel up the cord to your spine. A golden white ball of light forms at that center, your core. Allow yourself to float there, between protection and light, and just rest. It is night, and you are at peace. As you rest in that golden-white ball of healing light energy, picture yourself asleep. As the rest of the earth’s living things, you are resting, regenerating, and healing.
Take three, deep, cleansing breaths. Allow the gold cord to slowly withdraw from the sky, curling back into the base of your spine. Then thank the earth mother for her guardianship, and gently re-curl the cord from the earth as well. Give yourself plenty of time to become aware of your body, of your chair, of the room. Slowly open your eyes, and smile. Put out the candle, turn off the music, and make your way to bed. You will awaken in the morning as refreshed as if you’ve had a full winter’s rest.