As we enter the 12 Holy Nights I can feel my meditative life taking over and having greater impact. At this time of year the threshold between the spiritual world and the physical world is most permeable. I think of the spiritual world as being closer and so it is easier to connect with the angels of my students and request their guidance.
Interesting, then, that during this powerful time I am away from my students. Not being in their physical presence encourages me to strive to connect with their angels even more.
So, how to use this time? What is my approach to meditation? Each night I hold in my mind’s eye an image of each child. When I can I use an image that is a sympathetic portrayal of a struggle that they have. If I can imagine them struggling with something in a way that is not at all judgmental and is instead loving, this is the best. If I cannot create this type of image I use an image that pulls them to my heart — imagining something I love most about them. Throughout I try to remain free of judgment and as open as possible. Invariably something will come — a way to focus my thoughts, a new challenge that should be worked through, a message about what each child needs.
Interestingly, I find this much more difficult to do with my own children. That lack of judgment and openness is much more difficult to maintain as I see my own path so closely woven with theirs. I still try and have moments of inspiration but it seems that the angels work in a much more intuitive, subtle way when it comes to my own children.