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another fab retreat: yoga, meditation, mediumship

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Yoga, Meditation & Mediumship Retreat at The Stone Barn, October 21-23, 2016

I couldn’t be more excited about hosting a second retreat here at The Stone Barn in gorgeous Newbury, New Hampshire. Expect beautiful, restorative yoga with Harvard University’s resident mindfulness instructor Kate Harrington; deeeeelicious vegetarian food by gourmets Linda West RN MS of Sunapee View B&B and Denise Costello RN MS of The Energized Body and Chrysalis Meditation Center; insightful mindfulness instruction by yours truly; drumming by the ever-joyful Julie Corey of The Village Drum; and finally crystal bowl healings that’ll make you cry by musician Michelle Marie Sawtell of Sound Goddess Healing.

But that’s not all….

The reason I’m especially jacked up about this retreat is because 1) the last one was fab, and 2) this one features acclaimed spiritual medium Lauren Rainbow. You may recognize her from her spots on Hay House Radio or her work with John Holland. And if her name is new to you, it’s your lucky day! Learn about Lauren at her website LaurenRainbow.com or just come book your weekend getaway at The Stone Barn. Seven bunkbeds and three private rooms left. Visit InsideTheChrysalis.com and book your room TODAY! Do it before September 12 and save $100! Woah!

Love,

Vanessa

Bedtime Meditation for Children

My daughter is terrified of the dark.  I think it’s only natural that children are afraid.  Our souls come from a place of pure light.  When we are born on Earth and we experience the delusion of darkness for the first time as new human beings, it must feel very foreign and scary.  It doesn’t surprise me that most people feel vulnerable when the lights go out.  Darkness is unnatural because our source is one of beautiful, constant light.

I try my best to squash this fear of the dark in my own home.  So for my own small children, I often do a guided meditation for them at bedtime.  Instead of me telling them, “Don’t be scared,” or, “There’s nothing to worry about,” the meditation allows them to compose their own imagery that provides them with some serenity in the darkness.  Here’s what I say:

Relax your muscles and body parts from head to toe, feeling heavy and completely supported by the bed.  Picture yourself lying down in a safe and beautiful place.  [My oldest likes to lie in a soft grassy field and my second usually lies someplace silly like on top of a giant block of cheese.]  Clear your mind of any thoughts.  If a thought, scary or otherwise, pops up, send it away on butterfly’s back and watch the butterfly flutter up, up, up until you can’t see it anymore.  Your thoughts and worries are flying up to God and God will protect you and keep your worries tonight.  Now imagine a beautiful light above your head.  It’s glowing bright but it doesn’t hurt your eyes.  It’s shining on you and filling your body with warmth and love.  Hold onto this feeling while you fall asleep and know that you are a beautiful and treasured part of the Universe.  You are loving and bright and kind.  Mommy and Daddy love you so much.  Now go to sleep and dream about your favorite things.

Sometimes I let them hold crystals while they meditate and they imagine the light to be the color of their crystal.  Rose quartz is a favorite with my girls because it’s pink, but it also helps to calm fears and encourages self love.  The kids have such vivid imaginations – when they meditate they really feel the desired experience.

It takes a few minutes to get through but it works every single solitary time.  Better than books, I think.  This meditation is just something I do and have been successful with it.

From mine to yours,

Vanessa

Originally written on Feb 28, 2011 for my blog Everything Old is New Age Again