JUST BEFORE YOU START
Check that your privacy is protected against interruption. If there is an interruption, of course you can flow with it and incorporate it in some way. And by unplugging the phone, putting a note on the door, making sure the children have what they need, etc., you can maximize your chances of having no interruption.
Your partner can be sitting up or lying down. Read very slowly. At the end of the suggested wording you may feel free to voice additional words. . . Don't think about anything ahead of time. . . let it happen. This is all about allowing, letting, experimenting . . . this will be equally relaxing for you as the reader.
Throughout the script
we put in a series of periods to represent a suggested pause of about
2-5 seconds so that your partner has time to experience the words and
not have to be hurried. Feel free to pause longer or shorter. It's about
what feels right to you. By watching your partner you will get a sense
of timing and spacing. For example, when you suggest listening to sounds,
you might want to allow for 10-15 seconds or more. You'll know. Ready?
"THE PRESENT MOMENT"
At this point you may continue by making up your own words, you may put the script down quietly because your partner has fallen asleep, or you may just suggest that she/he stay with the breath by remembering to keep bringing the attention back to the breath. This is a meditative experience which uses the breath as an anchor for the awareness.
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