Dim lights and create as much quiet as possible.
You may want to play soft instrumental music. Slowly read this meditation to
students and pause between each sentence.
Take a deep breath. Relax.
Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Imagine that you are sitting at a table full
of your favorite foods, whatever they may be. Around this bountiful table, you
see some of your favorite people: family members, friends, even people from
history, from books, and from stories that you like. Everyone looks at you and
smiles. Hear many of them say that they are glad you are with them.
Then notice that the walls
surrounding you have come alive with pictures, like a movie. You see pictures
of some of the very best things that have happened to you at home…(pause)…at school…(pause)…at other places..(pause).
You see yourself doing things that you enjoy…(pause)…that you are good at…(pause)…that
help others…(pause).You see beautiful
scenes from nature and the world that God has created…(pause).
Slowly, the pictures on the
walls fade and you look again into the faces of the people around the table
with you. You smile at them and they smile at you. You can feel the support and
help of everyone around the table. Then hear yourself say, “Let us pray.” All
heads bow, and everyone gives heartfelt thanks to God. You feel a deep
gratitude welling up in your heart.
In your heart, quietly talk
to God with your own words. Give thanks for all the good things in your life,
even for the challenges, which help you grow. Thank God for being there with
you always, ready to help. Listen to what God says to you.
Talk and listen as long as
you wish. When ready, say good-bye to everyone around the table, quietly leave
the table, and return to our classroom. Open your eyes.
Jeanne Heiberg is the author of Advent Arts and Christmas Crafts (Paulist
Press) and Advent calendars (Creative Communications). She has taught art,
writing, creative catechetics, and meditation, and has directed parish catechetical