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Thanksgiving Meditation Audio and Script

Bow before your savior today!

Bow before your savior today!

Today is the perfect day to show gratitude. So why not meditate and thank your Savior, the one who has performed the ultimate sacrifice? This meditation uses visualization techniques to take you closer to Jesus and in a place of gratitude for his sacrifice. Play the audio below to get started. If you would like to share this meditation with others the script is also available below: 

Thanksgiving to the cross meditation script: 

Take a comfortable seated position. Place your hands on your knees. Draw your shoulders back and down and close your eyes. Turn your attention to your breath. Notice the quality of the air - is it cold, warm? It the air dry or moist? Notice how you are breathing…. Is your breath shallow or deep?

Without judgment breathe in and out.

Bring the breath to your chest, then upper belly, then lower belly.

Now let the air go from the lower belly, upper belly, and finally the chest.

Continue this three part breath - breathing deep into your belly. Feel your belly raise as you breathe.

As you continue to do this, feel all of the tension leave your body

Feel completely Relaxed.

Bring the breath to your chest, then upper belly, then lower belly.

Now let the air go from the lower belly, upper belly, and finally the chest.

Bring the breath to your chest, then upper belly, then lower belly.

Now let the air go from the lower belly, upper belly, and finally the chest.

Jesus cured ten lepers, but only one came back to show his gratitude and he was blessed. Today we will do a gratitude and kindness meditation to thank God, yourself, and others for all they have done for you.  As we continue to breathe deeply we will first focus our attention to God.

I want you to visualize the face of your savior. Imagine Christ our Lord present before you upon the cross, the sweat and blood dripping upon his face. Visualize the pain he felt giving up his own life for you. Notice the large nails on his wrists and feet. Notice his wounds. As Jesus slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating, fiery pain shot along his fingers and up his arms. You see Him pushing himself upward to avoid this stretching torment, placing His full weight on the nail through His feet. I want you to see Him. Really look at your Savior, giving his life for you and begin to speak to him.

I want you to say to him:

I offer my gratitude for being saved by Your grace.

I offer my gratitude for the blessing of this life I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the measure of health I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the family and friends I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the community I have been given.

I offer my gratitude for the teachings and lessons I have been given. 

Take five deep breaths as you visualize a beautiful light connecting your savior and you. Feel the gratitude for him, Feel the gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice He has made.

[pause]

Slowly open your eyes. Jesus tells you: Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.

 

I hope this script and meditation bless you as much as it has blessed me!

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless!

Izabel

 

Kids Holy Yoga: Class and Resources for John 11

Today's lesson plan explores the story of Lazarus' ressurection. I used a few books that are noted with links below. The entire plan for the flow is found below. You can also watch the class on Vimeo

Jesus is the Ressurection and the Life!

Jesus is the Ressurection and the Life!

Lesson Plan

Warm up.

Alternate nostril breathing – Imagine you are sick and your nose is stuffed. This is how Lazarus Jesus’s friend felt when he was sick. So let’s breathe like Lazarus: Cover the right nostril and breathe in through the left . Now cover the left nostril and breathe out. Let’s do that five times. Now our other nose is stuffy, so let’s cover the left and breathe in through the right. Good job! Do you feel calmer? This kinds of breathing is great for when we are feeling anxious, so if you are you should practice breathing like Lazarus!

Son salutations.

Now let’s prepare for the yoga flow by saluting the son of god. Who is the son of God? Let’s reach up to the sky and say hello to Jesus. Now bow down to your Savior.

Flow:

Adapted from I am (See the book below). Story I used is called: The resurrection and the life on p. 174

 

            Jesus started walking among people [mountain climber] and He started making miracles[Jump into a burpie and reach up to the sky] Repeat a few more times emphasizing the miracles Jesus made. The miracles made most people happy [Jump again for miracle then transition into an upward facing dog for happy ] But some other people were mad because Jesus called himself the son of God. [Transition into a downward facing dog for sad]

They wanted to arrest him, [take child’s pose and cross hands for arrested] but Jesus slipped away and went to Bethany [Go into mountain climber]. While Jesus was there a messenger came [Runner’s lunge] The message was from his friends Mary and Martha:[Runner’s lunge the other side] “Our brother, Lazarus, the friend you love, is very sick”.

Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters.[ Side lunge with hand on the heart] They were his friends [Other side lunge with hand on heart]. Jesus knew Mary and Martha wanted him to come heal Lazarus right away, but he didn’t go.[Transition into a wide legged forward fold]  He stayed where he was for two more days. [ Come up and take one forward fold, one day, then a second forward fold saying the second day has passed] Then he said to his disciples: “It’s time for us to go back.” [Come up from the forward fold]

“But Jesus, [Transition to a seated position] the leaders in Jerusalem want to arrest you” [Take bound marychiasana a] the disciples said.  If you go they will arrest you [Take bound marychiasana A on the other side]

“Our friend Lazarus is dead.” [Lie down and take savasana] Jesus said. “Let’s go to Bethany”. [transition into a top of a push up] When Mary and Martha heard that Jesus was coming, Martha hurried to meet Him on the road.[Take a mountain climber]  “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died. “ She said. [Lie into savasana]

“Your brother will rise again.” Jesus told her. [Jump into standing from lying down]

When Mary saw Jesus she said: “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died!” [Transition into savasana] Mary was crying, and so were the friends who were with her. Jesus cried too because they were so sad. [Come into child’s pose]

“Where is Lazarus?” He asked. [Come into hero pose]

“take away the stone Jesus said.”  [Take a side lunge like you are moving the stone away]

They moved the stone it was very heavy [Take a side lunge to the other side ]

"Didn’t I tell you”, Jesus said kindly, that If you believe, you will see God’s glory? [TRANSITION INTO VICTORIOUS POSE AND TAKE HANDS UP TO READCH OUT TO GOD’S GLORY]

So the stone was rolled away. Then Jesus prayed. [Come into prayer hands still in victorious pose] Father let the people here believe that You sent Me. And He called in a loud Voice: Lazarus Come out. [Reach to grab the foot and bring foot off the floor into pose]

No one moved. No one even whispered. What was going to happen?

Suddenly everyone saw Lazarus standing near the front of the tomb! [do the other side] The man who had been dead was alive

Unwrap him, Jesus said, and let him go

Take away of the week with poses:

Jesus told Martha: I am THE Resurrection and the Life. [From Savasana roll over and open your heart to jesus : I am the ressuraction] , I am the life [bow pose]

When we believe in Jesus, we have new life that lasts forever.

Meditation

 Thoughts to make your heart sing: Dying, waking p.105

Imagine you are in a beautiful garden - the garden of Eden. It is green, the air is warm, the sun is warming your skin. You can smell the flowers all around you [use lavender oil]. God meant us to live forever in this beautiful garden. But Eve is tempted by a beautiful apple. It is read and juicy. And satan wants her to take a bite...  Sin has broken everything and now we cannot leave in the garden.

Jesus came to destroy death. He died on the cross and was buried – but death couldn’t keep him dead. On the third day he burst out of the tomb.

And now death can’t keep us dead either.

Jesus has turned the tomb into a bed. We die to wake up in his arms.

We will still die. But after we die, we will wake – as if from a refreshing night’s sleep—and Jesus will lead us by the hand into Life that won’t ever end. 

 

Posted on August 4, 2016 and filed under Kids Holy Yoga.

Lectio Divina

I first learned about Lectio Divina during Holy Yoga retreat from Jill Fisk. Her Lectio Divina sessions were calming and taught me a lot about myself and the God that loves me. Before that, I viewed meditation as a person and her thoughts. But, since then I started bringing scripture into my daily meditations either in the form of mantras or as lectio divina. Today I will teach you this new type of meditation so that you can add it to your meditation toolbox.

You start Lectio Divina by taking a comfortable seated position. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Allow yourself to become silent for a few minutes. I like to repeat the word maranatha to help me focus my thoughts.

Once you feel a sense of calm come over you, open your eyes and read a passage in scripture. Read it slowly and gently. Savor each phrase, really letting the scripture sink in. Close your eyes and sit with the scripture. Let it talk to you. Close your eyes and just sit with what you read. Repeat this 3 times. When you are meditating on the scripture, allow thouhgts to come by without judgement. Allow any inner pondering, any struggles to take you to a deeper dialogue with God.

If you would like to go through a guided Lectio Divina, take a look at this video and I will guide you through it!

Stay Blessed everyone!