you haven't meditated much before or you'd like a little guidance with your
first Kuan Yin Meditation, I would like to recommend this one from the book, that I've
taken from the book " Discovering
Kwan Yin" by Sandy Boucher. This is a lovely, relaxing and easy to do
meditation that is great for beginners.
Sit in a
comfortable chair, or on a cushion in lotus position if you prefer. Close
your eyes, let your body relax, and for a few moments pay attention to your
breathing. Breathe deeply and slowly, in and out, feel the air entering and
leaving your lungs.
yourself to a beach at the ocean. Imagine your favourite stretch of sand
next to the water and place yourself there. It is a cloudy night. Hear the
steady mutter of the waves, feel the warm sea breeze, smell the salt air.
look up to see a beautiful round Full Moon that has just risen.
Watch the moonlight shimmer on the water.
Gaze at the moon for a long time.
see it get brighter and brighter, until you can barely look at it.
Gradually, the moon becomes Kwan Yin herself, her body surrounded by a
Slowly she descends towards you, until
she stands on a lotus blossom that floats on the waves. She is a mature
woman with Asian features, an ornate headdress, and flowing robe.
At the sight of
you, Kwan Yin smiles a beautiful smile, and tears of happiness shine in her
eyes. She is so glad to see you.
comes closer, let her radiance enter you. Let her strength, her peace, and
her compassion become a part of you. Let yourself open to her so that she
merges completely with you.
In this moment,
you feel bottomless compassion for yourself and all other creatures. Your
difficulties, your weaknesses, your inadequacies, all those ways in which
you do not measure up to your own standards, all those moments in which you
acted carelessly or unskillfully, or when you were immobilized by confusion;
all your pain that sometimes seems endless, rising up when you least expect
it - let these aspects of yourself be utterly accepted by you.
suffering and confusion surrounded by the love that Kwan Yin awakens in you.
Let yourself surrender into her compassion for all life. And stay there as
long as you need to.
Finally, it is
time for Kwan Yin to leave. You see her in front of you again. As she moves
away, she becomes smaller and smaller. At last the sea and sky vanish,
too, and you rest in contemplation of the beautiful empty space that is
left. Let yourself open into that space and experience it, so restful.
When you are
ready, come back into your room, into your body, as you experience it
sitting on the chair or cushion. Focus for a few moments, again, on your
breath and breathing, until you are ready to open your eyes.