Woods

 

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I part the out thrusting branches
and come in beneath
the blessed and the blessing trees.
Though I am silent
there is singing around me.
Though I am dark
there is vision around me.
Though I am heavy
there is flight around me.

 

– Wendell Berry

Koa Seed Buddha

a mana meditation…

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Find a place to sit comfortably

Spine erect

Close your eyes and follow your breath for several minutes

Relax your shoulders

Relax your entire body…

 

Feel the ground beneath you

Relax into it

The ground is supporting you, all of you

Imagine you are sitting in a forest

smell the soil

feel the cool ground

Before you a Koa seed falls

in slow motion

you see it come down

it lands on the ground in front of you

and nestles its weight into the loamy forest soil

Imagine yourself the seed

Feel the soil supporting all of your weight

Imagine the smell of the earth and what it feels like

cool and moist

enveloping you

The sun shines down and warms the top of your head

Feel the heat of it

The brightness of the light

Imagine the brightness of the sun begin to fade away

the light diminishes

it begins to sprinkle…

 

the ground beneath you becomes soaked and you settle deeper into it

Where you ground, at your base, a thin, light infused thread

emerges

It slowly descends deeper and deeper into the soil

small, light infused sub-threads morph outward

from the main root

as the roots descend

your body

at the surface

feels more and more stable

The blowing wind no longer

affects

You feel stronger

sturdy

more sure…

 

as this feeling of stability expands

you begin to notice a light shining from within

your heart

it grows brighter and brighter

as the roots descend…

 

Now there is a feeling of warmth

emanating from your solar plexus

the light in your heart continues to grow brighter

and move outward

while the warmth expands from your solar plexus

you feel it everywhere

light and heat

fills every part of you

and it begins to push against your skin

a sensation of pressure is felt

you begin to feel yourself expanding

like a balloon

filled with warm air…

 

A tremendous pressure builds

and builds

light emanates brightly from your heart

warmth bursts forth from the solar plexus

Suddenly there is a great pressure release

and you feel yourself expanding out and upward

no longer contained in the skin…

 

as you move upwards you notice

you are moving towards a bright light

the brightness feels tremendously good

and causes a tingling electric sensation

your being is bathed in the light that shines down

upon you…

 

Suddenly you understand

the light has always been there

 

You direct yourself towards it now

growing

growing

upwards

upwards

 

the light envelopes you

becomes you

 

Suddenly,

You notice

It has stopped raining

the sun is shining

You feel the warmth of it and open your great arms to it

The light feeds you

You feel it coursing through you

Through your veins

A white, warm light courses through every part of your body now

feeding you as you feed

everything else in turn

 

the Great Koa Tree

 

Now bring your attention back to your breathing

relax

and attend to your breathing…

 

Open your attention to your human body

 

The strength of the Koa is part of you now

Whenever you should need it