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Whether you’ve been preparing for Lent — or have just realized that it’s already Holy Week, the Imagery Exercises in the Blog Booklet for Lent offer an opportunity to connect with the Divine in just a few minutes…
You’ll discover the Audio Imagery Exercises beginning at Carrying the Cross. Simply click onto each exercise — or read the whole blog. Whichever you choose, you’ll link yourself with the energies of this sacred season.
Here’s a reminder for using Audio Imagery:
Find yourself a quiet place where you’re not likely to be interrupted. Sit in a chair where your back is straight, your feet touching the floor. Place your hands on your lap or on the arms of the chair, whichever is more comfortable.
(1) Click on the Imagery Exercise. You’ll be instructed to Close your eyes and breathe out three times. Keep your eyes closed naturally; there’s no need to close them tightly.
(2) Take a long, slow inhalation through your nose just to the point when your chest begins to rise; now let the breath out slowly and gently through your mouth. Repeat this cycle of breathing three times or whatever number of times is indicated.
(3) Keep your eyes closed, and wait for the Imagery instructions begin. This is followed by 7-10 seconds of silence, where your eyes remain closed as your Imagery develops. You’ll experience one or more of these responses: see images, hear sounds, feel body sensations. Keep your eyes closed until you hear Breathe out one time and open your eyes.
(3) Sit quietly for a few minutes, then resume your regular activities — or go on to the next exercise.
Some Imagers write down or draw their experience. This isn’t necessary, but will give you a chance to review your Lenten Imagery as a whole before Easter.
Blessings for a sacred season!