I have recently experienced the benefits of guided meditation. My smartphone’s appstore offers a wide range of meditation apps to choose from.
I settle down on my bed, lying on my back, consciously switching off the sounds around me, and retreating into the deeper recesses of my mind, my ears capturing the instructions from the phone. I breathe in, and let out my breath.
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I tense my body, breathe in, relax and breathe out. I follow all the instructions and have started feeling really good.
The voice says, “Let go…and relax.”
I relax a bit too much; by stretching my arms more than they should.
I feel it before I hear it. My outsretched left arm has sent my smartphone flying through the railings at the head of my bed and down to the floor below.
Where there were no thoughts, dozens of thoughts come invading.
” My phone, it is new, has the screen cracked? ”
The guided voice resumes. “Take a deep breath.”
I try to relax my mind, which is repeatedly conjuring up images of a shattered screen.
I am tempted to jump down and look under the cot. My mind reasons, “If the screen is already shattered, there’s nothing to be done. So why not complete the meditation, given the fact that my guide seems to be doing his job.”
I settle down to continue this two-level meditation. I manage to finish it.
After relaxing for a few minutes, I allow my body to leap out of the bed and crawl under it.
My phone lies out of reach. I bring a stick to gently draw it towards me. I pray and hope for the best.
My phone comes out intact. I breathe out in relief and relax truly!