Five Spring Meditations
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Five Spring Meditations

Julia E. Wahl
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Sit in the sun or in the shade; look at the sky or close your eyes. Perhaps do some work in the garden. Allow your mind to contemplate without reservation.

Finding your breath

First, just observe how your body breathes. Is your breath deep or shallow? Fast or slow? Where in your body do you feel your breath the most? Is it around your nose or mouth? Maybe in the chest or abdomen? Consider what’s impeding your breathing. Maybe your clothes are too tight, or maybe you unconsciously hold your breath? Perhaps a certain thought makes you halt your breathing?

If necessary, loosen up your clothing. Imagine what it would be

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