Sample Guided Meditation
Stage 2, “Mary, Woman, Mother and Disciple”
Guided Meditation on the Annunciation
Find a place where you can be comfortable. Put your hands gently in your lap. If you feel comfortable, close your eyes. Breathe slowly in and out, in and out.
You are going on a journey back in time to a small town called Nazareth in the time of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Imagine that you are walking down the street past houses made of mud brick with small windows, maybe to keep the heat out and the rooms cool. There are little children playing and women talking in small groups. An aroma of food cooking wafts from one of the houses. It smells delicious.
It’s warm and you feel the sun’s rays gently caress your face. A gentle breeze blows through your hair.
Eventually you reach a small house and you feel compelled to visit this house. You walk down the steps towards the front door one by one. As your foot touches the first step, a wave of tranquillity passes through your entire body. You arrive at the second step, feeling calm and relaxed. As you step down a third time, you know that this will be a warm and safe house to visit. And now you take a fourth and final step. You are feeling completely safe, and completely relaxed.
You reach the opened door and enter a room. You feel the cool of the stone floor on your feet and see rays of light from a small window in the corner of the room. It smells a little damp and musty. A light is flickering from a lamp burning in the corner. You notice a young woman who seems to be doing chores. She is sweeping the floor. You hear the movement of the broom…swish, swish, back and forwards. Her face is gentle and calm. There is warmth and beauty about this young woman.
Suddenly a light floods the room, it is bright and its rays are catching the dust that is coming from the broom. Little speckles are glistening in the light. You notice the young woman fall to her knees. Is she shocked or maybe frightened? Does she know where this light has come from?
Then a voice comes from this light. “Hello Mary. Know that God is with you. I am God’s messenger, the angel Gabriel. I have come to tell you that you are blessed and the Lord is with you.”
So the young woman’s name is Mary. The poor thing looks petrified. The voice coming from the light is an angel called Gabriel. You want to go and be with her, but you can’t you are just an onlooker today.
The voice of the angel is gentle and calm. The angel seems to know that Mary is afraid. “Do not be afraid,” the angel said. God loves you and is going to send you a son and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be the son of the most high. He will reign forever and his kingdom will have no end.”
Mary seems to be even more confused now. You see her nervously whisper to the angel, “How can this be?”
The angel softly answered Mary, “God will send the Holy Spirit to give you a son for nothing is impossible for God. Your cousin Elizabeth has also been blessed and she will have a baby as well, even though she is old.”
You notice the expression on Mary’s face change. She quietly smiles and says to the angel, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me as you have said!”
All of a sudden the light disappears and the angel is gone! Again the room becomes darker. Mary is sitting quietly trying to take this in. “Did this really just happen to me?” is what she must be thinking. I think it’s time to leave her with her own thoughts.
Quietly you walk past Mary and out of the room. The sun’s rays hit you as soon as you reach the outside. You blink as your eyes adjust. Now you climb those stairs, one, two, three, four. Again you walk through the village past the women and children ready to come back to your own world and again you feel the gentle breeze rustle through your hair.
Take a minute to think about where you’ve been and where you’re returning to. When you are ready gently open your eyes and have a stretch.