Scan your physical being for a moment to make sure that you are warm enough, and that you are seated comfortably. Rest your hands loosely in your lap and gently close your eyes.
Take a long slow, deep breath in, hold it for a moment, and then slowly exhale. Just allow any tension to melt away as you gradually relax more and more deeply with each breath. Take another long slow, deep breath in, hold it, and then blow out. Empty your lungs completely with your exhale. Take a third unhurried deep breath inward, holding it for a moment, and then let it go. You can already feel yourself drifting into a state of deep relaxation.
Continue to breathe slowly and gently as you bring your awareness to the top of your head. Just sense or imagine a feeling of serenity beginning to spread down from the top of your scalp ... feel the muscles in your forehead and temples loosen up. Allow your eye muscles to release. Let your cheeks and jaw soften and let go of all tension.
Now let this peaceful feeling flow down into your neck. Feel it loosening every muscle and every fiber of your being. With each breath you take, this relaxing feeling becomes deeper and warmer. It works its way into the muscles in your shoulder ... soothing and nurturing them. This peaceful feeling flows down from your shoulders and into your arms. It loosens the muscles in your upper arms ... your forearms ... your hands ... calming and relaxing them all the way to the tips of your fingers.
As your body lightens up, your mind lets go, and your thoughts begin to disappear. You are slipping further and further into a dreamlike state of inner stillness.
Now, bring your awareness to your chest and your stomach. Feel how this area of your body gently rises and falls as you breathe. A peaceful sensation flows throughout this area of your body, as healing energy moves through every muscle, joint, organ and cell. You can feel it freeing each molecule of tension.
Turn your attention to your upper back, and feel this serene sensation stream all the way down your spine. As it gradually works its way down your body, feel every muscle in your back relax and unwind.
Feel that your entire upper body has become loose and limp with peace. Sink into this consciousness. Relax more and more deeply with each breath.
Now feel your hips relax as the peaceful feeling starts to work its way through your lower body. Relax your buttocks ... the backs of your thighs ... the front of your thighs. Feel all these large, strong muscle groups becoming looser and more relaxed with each passing moment.
Soothing feelings of relaxation course down through your knees, and into your calves. Your ankles relax. Now your feet relax. Allow your entire lower body to relax completely and allow any remaining tension from anywhere in your body to pour out through the tips of your toes.
You are tranquil and at ease.
Now, envision this nurtured bud being warmed by the mild rays of the morning sun. Experience the light of the brilliant sunbeams within you, radiating — settling into the area of your heart chakra to be absorbed and transformed into Divine Love. Circulate love and light within your heart center as you visualize your flower begin to unfold, each magnificent petal presenting itself like a gift of beauty reaching out to unify with the whole. See love everywhere, in every situation, and in every person. Revel in your radiance and splendor as you commit to eternally allowing your soul's light to flow and shine.