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Chinese Lantern Guided Meditation Script

I recently started to teach Children’s Yoga classes which I have been trying to theme. As this Friday will be Chinese New Year, marking the start of the Year of the Ox, I decided that we would have a Chinese theme to classes this week.

We started off with Firecracker Breathing as our Pranayama before moving onto the traditional story of the Chinese New Year and how the animals became mascots for the years. This involved rather a lot of different Yoga asana!

To end, I wanted a Chinese New Year themed guided meditation which would be suitable for children aged from 5 to 11. I decided to go with the theme of Chinese Lanterns and how we can share our special inner light with others to spread joy, peace & happiness.

I hope that you and your little ones enjoy this…

Chinese Lanterns Guided Meditation

Take some deep breaths and feel your body start to relax.

Feel your body becoming lighter, remaining still and calm.

You feel so light now, so light that you imagine your body beginning to float up off the ground. Imagine that you are a Chinese lantern, a bright, shining light which drifts gracefully above the ground, floating steadily higher and higher. 

You float up high above the ground into the night sky. It is a beautifully clear night with the stars shining brightly around you. As you float gently through the air, you begin to notice lights below you. You look closely at these lights and realise that they are the lights of houses, cars and street lights way below you. 

As you glide through the night sky, you feel so relaxed, so free and at peace. Take some time to float gently above the earth, enjoying the twinkling lights below you and the feeling of relaxation which you feel. 

Turn your attention now to the stars in the sky. You float gently higher and higher into the sky until you feel that you are amongst the stars. The light of your lantern is shining brightly, just as your inner light shines brightly. To anyone on the ground looking up, they can see your light moving gracefully amongst the stars. Your brilliant inner light is what makes you special. When other people see your beautiful light, it makes them feel happy and spreads happiness. Imagine sending your light down to all the people on the ground below you, spreading love, joy, peace and happiness. Feel your light spreading around the world.  

Turn your attention again to the lights below you. You begin to float down to them, noticing each light in the houses, on the cars and on the streetlights and traffic lights below you. Think again about how you can spread happiness through sharing your light with others. 

As your Chinese lantern touches back down on the ground, allow your attention to return to your breathing. Notice how your belly rises and falls with each breath that you take. 

Now, listen to the sounds in the room with you… and any you can hear outside. 

It’s time to bring some movement gently back into the body by carefully turning your head from side to side. Now, wiggle your fingers and your toes. When you feel ready, roll over onto your side and carefully push yourself up into a seated position. 

Remember to take your shining light with you wherever you go.

Namaste, Helen xxx

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Blessing and Dedicating your new Angel Cards

It is always exciting to get a new deck of Angel cards, but do you know how to connect with them? Follow these simple steps to bless and dedicate your Angel cards which will help you to develop a deep connection with them.

Take some time to look through the cards, familiarising yourself with the imagery and any text they may contain. Next, hold your cards in your non-dominant hand (so if you are right handed, hold them in your left hand) and make a fist with your other hand. Make 3 sharp blows with your fist on the deck of cards to release any energy which may be contained in them either from when they were made or from a previous owner. 

Now, fan the cards out and, with the right side facing you, bring them towards your heart. Hold them here for as long as feels right for you. 

The next step is to imagine yourself in a bubble of pink protective light and ask the angels and your Guardian Angel and/or Spirit Guide if you have them to be with you. 

Angels, please keep me safe; surround me with your loving light. 

It is now time to bless and dedicate your Angel cards. You can use these words, or choose some of your own:

Angels of light, thank you for blessing me with your presence. I ask that you bless these Angel cards with your love and light so that I may use them as a tool to connect with you and your guidance. Please help me to grow spiritually and to develop my connection with you through these cards. Thank you for your love and light and for being by my side as a guide and companion. Thank you for revealing your messages to me through these cards. 

I dedicate these cards to your divine guidance; that these cards will act as a bridge which strengthens our connection. I will use these cards for their highest good with love and light. 

And so it is.

Once you have finished your blessing and dedication, again spend some time looking at the cards. This time you may maybe feel a connection to certain cards. 

Finally, it is time to make your first simple card reading. Hold the cards to your heart and ask your  Angels what they would like you to know. You may wish to use a little prayer or rhyme:

Angels, please keep me safe; surround me with your loving light. 

Please give me guidance and insight, pure and bright. 

When you feel ready, shuffle the cards until you feel the urge to stop. The card which is on the top is what your Angels would like you to know. Sometimes a card may jump out of the pack as you are shuffling them, again this is a message. If a number or cards jump out, place them back in the pack and refocus on your question. 

Once you have completed your card reading, thank your Angels for their love, guidance and support. 

You may want to keep a record of your readings so that you can look back on them over time. Using an Angel Journal can be a lovely way to do this.