The importance of meditation/rest was present in my life when I was younger I remember. My Mum had some relaxation/meditation recordings I used to listen to sometimes when I felt I wanted calm. I learned how to meditate then, and get into a peaceful space. I also remember feeling that listening to the songs we sang together growing up and years later the two came together.
It was some 15 or so years later in a church in London, I was attending an event led by visiting Plum Village monastics, they had everyone lay down as they guided what they called ‘Deep Relaxation’; the 20 minutes that passed I was guided through my body from my toes to the crown of my head.
We then sat and listened to a few songs played by a monastic I now call a friend, Brother Ben (Phap Lai). ‘I want to share this too’, I felt.
I’ve been offering relaxations with song since at different events; workshops and festivals to retreats and protest camps – here are some.
The invitation that day was to lie back and feel your body supported by the earth, and I remember Br Ben saying something like ‘when you can care for yourself you can really care for others and our world, you are a wonder of life we want you to feel that…’
Collection of Rest relaxations below:
Relaxation on Climate Anxiety December 2021
Relaxation inspired by the Serenity Prayer November 2021
70 relaxations recorded over the first 2 and half months of Lockdown from April 2020
Few from my archive 🙂
Environmental themed relaxation from Wake Up Autumn 2018
Recorded relaxation given on a Plum Village visit
Collections from the Wake Up Your Artist retreats, a creative arts and peace retreat in Germany hosted by myself and friend Larissa Mazbouh , also mail me if you would like to know more about it