The day 6 meditation was an idea that my Fiance came up with and it was an amazing experience. If you like this one, you may enjoy some of her work and ramblings over at Why don’t bats have feathers. The concept is rather simple really, but an area I hadn’t explored in my own personal journey with meditation and gnosis. This meditation focuses on the feeling and emotions evoked by temperature. We will be exploring hot and then cold with this meditation via visualization.
This meditation will last for 30 minutes just like all the others in the series. We will split this into three parts. You may set your phone to vibrate, or whatever tool you choose to use, every 10 minutes, or simply go with the flow and see where you end up. The first part will focus on you feeling and exploring exactly how you feel now, the second part will put you into a hot zone, and the third will put you into a cold zone.
Get yourself comfortable in whatever your favourite position for meditation is, I personally chose to lay down on my back for this one.
Begin by closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. Inhale to the count of 5, exhale to the count of 5. Feel your chest rise and fall, notice how your body feels at this time, are you warm? Are you cold? explore each part of your body beginning at your feet, and feel the temperature there. Are your feet hot or cold? How does this feel to you? are they both the same temperature? do you feel a chill, warmth, perhaps a shiver? Explore each part of your body this way working up to your head. Feet, calves, quads, waist, abdomen, chest, shoulders, upper arm, forearm, hands, and finally head. Once you have felt every part, FEEL your whole body at once, take note of all the hot places, all the cold places, and everything in between. Feel how the temperature in your body shifts and changes and moves. Sit in this until your timer goes off at the 10 minute mark.
Now that you have sat and felt your body, we are going to go on a bit of a journey. Begin to visualize yourself walking in the snow towards a frozen lake. Set out on the lake is sauna hut. Walk your way through the snow, across the ice, and into this shack. I visualize this in the mountains, in a bowled valley, trees all around, a small desolate lake far away from anything or anyone else. The hut has smoke and steam coming from its chimney and is made of hand cut cedar. Open the door and step inside, smell the cedar walls sweating, feel the wet heat take your breathe away. There is a bench seat that goes around the whole room. Sit down and be in the heat. Feel the heat seep into your skin, down to your very core. Feel your whole body get hotter and hotter, to the point you can barely even stand it. Feel your breathe get harder to catch, feel your body overheat, feel it sweat. Feel the warmth consume your entire being and soul, its cleansing, its healing, and its intensity. Sit in the heat and feel everything you can about it until your time is up here, and your timer goes off.
Now its time to go for a dip and cool off. Get up off your bench, walk towards the door and open it. The light hits your eyes as it reflects off the snow, the cold air fills your lungs and you can feel them begin to sting with cold. About 20 feet outside the door there is a large hole 10 feet in diameter cut into the ice. Take a deep breathe of the freezing cold, mountain air and run towards that hole as fast as you can, bend your legs and leap into the hole feet first. Feel the icy cold water encapsulate your entire body from your feet up to your head. Feel the cold shock you, and revitalize you. You are now under the water, the blistering cold is working its way from the outside into your very core. Feel the sting, the pain, the refreshing and glacial cold fill your entire being. Let this cold overtake your every thought, every feeling, every instinct, and allow it to consume you. Sit in this ice cold feeling under the water for the remaining ten minutes and let it cleanse your body, your, mind and your soul. Pay attention to every feeling the cold brings to every part of your body, and your being.
When your ten minutes are up, swim to the edge of the hole, pull yourself up and walk back out of the valley the way you came in. Open your eyes and take as long as you need to come back to reality. You have now experienced your own version of how these temperatures effect you. Note anything that was significant from this and go about your day.
This was another shocking experience for me. When I went into the sauna I could literally feel every part of it like I was there, the shortness of breath in the hot moist air, the heat overtaking my whole body, my pain slipping away like an instant relief. I felt a release of sorts as the heat began to get too much, it was like all the stagnant and useless energy in my body letting go and leaving me, offering space for new vibrant energy. I could feel it seep out of me like sweat. I got to the point where I literally felt so hot laying there in my bed that I couldn’t stand it.
When I left the sauna and jumped into the water it was like a cool, refreshing, breath taking clean and crisp energy overtook my whole body. I never felt like I was freezing but I did feel like I was absorbing nothing but pure energy, and icy cold watery air filled my being. It was like the coldest shower on a warm day. Simply put it was extremely invigorating and refreshing for me. It was the perfect balance to the hot sauna for me and I felt the glacial cold overtake my whole body from shell to core. Then I felt completely at peace as I reached a state of pure nothingness. No thoughts, no worries, no pain, just bliss.
I hope you enjoyed this meditation as much as I did.