Meditating for tricky bit between Xmas and New Year – the egg meditation

December 29th, 2020 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

This gap between Christmas and new year can be a tricky time in the best of times. For me it can often feel like the doldrums.

At times like this I switch up my practice and bring out the big guns: the ancient zen butter meditation.

Here’s how it works: I sit preferably cross legged on the floor or bed, with my eyes closed. I begin by grounding myself and settling the breath and body so I am relaxed but alert. A little smile at this point often completes the setup nicely.

Then … I imagine a piece of fresh and fragrant butter, about the size of a duck egg, resting on the top of my head.

The butter slowly begins to melt and as it does it runs down over the head, face and body spreading warmth and a sense of ease as it goes. This spreads into and through the body, relaxing the muscles, cleansing and purifying the internal organs, the brain, the lungs, the heart and the liver etc. All worries, thoughts and difficulties flow with the butter into the ground that accepts them and takes them away.

When the butter has entirely melted and sunk into the earth, imagine a new piece of fragrant duck egg sized piece of butter sitting atop the head and repeat.

There you have the soft butter meditation. This is actually considered medicinal in Chinese medicine. I find it incredibly comforting.

Sometimes I will add ‘something’ to the butter as the meditation repeats … a pleasant aroma perhaps or a comforting thought or a memory of a place, but try it as simply butter to begin with.


Happy New Year!

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