by Nancy Bragg
This meditation practice in beloved community,
differs starkly from my beginning meditation efforts by myself.
I would dutifully set a timer, and sit quietly,
my mind filling with mundane “to do” list items.
After I sat for what seemed like eons,
I picked up the timer, just to check, it had to be about time.
Whatever time was left, I told myself, “Close enough, I’m done.”
I checked “meditation” off my “to do” list.
When I practice in this beloved community,
a benevolent and nurturing soul times us.
I slow down and am more patient with my humanness.
I let myself relax and go much deeper than I ever did by myself.
I stay put, I don’t budge until we arrive on the other side of 15 minutes.
I am open and receptive.
I feel a sense of belonging in this beloved community,
I prioritize this time and work my schedule around it.
It’s become a comfortable habit that centers and grounds me.
I want to be here.
I am in community.
I feel blanketed and hugged by my supportive newly-found kin.
Former strangers show up and hold space for me.
Within this beloved community, I experience stillness and silence,
I feel safe closing my eyes and surrendering.
I meditate, listen, and speak in the spirit of love.
I am loved.
I sense our synergistic energy field as
it magnifies my state of calm and self-exploration.
My awareness, contentment, and inner peace