Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker
Year-End Release and Envision Meditation with poem, "Clear a Path"
Relax, unwind and envision yourself in the New Year through this guided meditation led by Julie Potiker. She completes the meditation with her poem, "Clear a Path".
Clear a Path by Julie Potiker
Clear a path
Allow your thoughts to drift down
Gently sweep them aside with a soft broom, the kind that looks hand made from natural grasses
Some of the little notes now in piles on the perimeter of your awareness are things to return to later, not now, but later so you keep them safe
Other notes are best to release - the worry, the rumination that woke you at 4am
Go ahead and toss that sticky stack into the small round fire bowl
The smoke swirling as that which does not serve you de-materializes
Settle your mind to clear a path to your heart where joy and suffering slosh
Your heart – which when broken miraculously goes on beating
Your heart safety valves, allowing your mind to crank the hatches shut, when too much suffering threatens to drop you to the inky bottom of the sea
You can open the hatch a peep
Feeling into whether it’s OK right now to let tears move through you
Too much? Crank it down to steer your mind to translucent waters
That’s skillful maneuvering
Turning your attention towards joy in that moment
Noticing beauty out the window
Letting a song stir your soul
Enjoying the perfect cup of tea
Relishing the sound of your friend’s voice on the phone
Or my favorite, the sound of my voice in my head, calling myself sweetheart and letting me know that this too shall pass, both the good and the bad, in waves of beginnings and endings.