Understanding (Role​-​Play Character Creation)

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Get an in-depth understanding of your current or future role playing character.

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This meditation is designed to help you develop your role-play character. There will be a pause after each guided section, allowing you to explore your unique scenario. You can use this time to begin creating a new character for an upcoming game, or to bring some added detail and understanding to a current character you're playing. If you prefer, you can focus on yourself in place of a character, and meditate on your personal goals and motivations. You may interpret the word "yourself" throughout the meditation as you, personally, or your character self.

Now it's time to relax. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and let any tension slip away as you bring your focus within.

Picture yourself just beginning to wake up from a deep sleep. You're not yet fully alert, but your brain begins to process your surroundings. Notice the surface you've been sleeping on. Is it a soft bed? a wooden wagon? A forest floor carpeted with pine needles? You feel a bit disoriented, as though you can't remember what you were doing here before you fell asleep. You stretch and slowly open your eyes. Take a few moments to look around and see what details of your environment seem significant. Pay attention to the space, whether inside or outside, and any objects, natural or manmade, that you can see.


As you continue looking around, you notice a reflective surface you didn't see before. It could be a mirror, a polished shield, a still pond, or any other reflective surface. You approach to get a better look. You stare into your own reflection. Still feeling somewhat disoriented, it's as if you're gazing at a long lost friend, and you drink in everything you see. Take a few moments to absorb all the details of how you look, from head to foot or horns to tentacles, and also how you're dressed, (if you are!)


Now that you've had a good long look, you're starting to feel a bit more yourself. You turn away from the reflective surface, glancing around again at your environment. You feel fairly confident that you can handle yourself in this place. Why? Think about what knowledge you have that will help you navigate this world, be it a haunted inn, a dank cave, a royal bedchamber, or perhaps your parent's basement. Take a moment now to review the knowledge and experience you have that will be useful in this setting.


Feeling even more bolstered, you pat yourself on the back and consider something else about your environment. Are you alone, or do you have companions nearby? Perhaps they are still sleeping, or maybe they've been up for hours already, getting things prepared for the road ahead. Focus now on the other living things around you- people, animals, friends or foes, and consider what role they have played so far in your adventures.

Despite feeling more yourself than you did when you woke up, you're still not completely clear on how you ended up in this situation in the first place. What steps led you to this place, this time? You decide to sit down for a moment and consider an important question: what is your goal? You feel it is important to answer this question before going any farther on your quest, and you allow yourself to block out everything else, focusing solely on this one question: What motivates you to keep going forward?


Your soul searching completed, at least for the moment, you begin to feel restless to get up and get moving. You gather your things, preparing to face the day with your wits and weapons about you. You know very well that the world has nothing to throw at you that you can't handle. Just think about your diverse skill set! As you continue preparing your supplies to head out, you consider with pride the abilities you have honed along your winding path.


Daylight is growing stronger, and you feel you've already wasted too much time in contemplation. Why were you feeling confused this morning anyway? Well, that feeling is gone now. You feel comfortable in your body, prepared with your supplies, and confident in your skills and knowledge to handle any situation that comes along. The only thing left to decide is where you'll be going today. You grab the last of your things and pause for just a moment to make sure your destination is clear in your mind.


As your character prepares to move on to his or her next adventure, it is time for you to come back to this room. Notice the chair or the floor beneath you, supporting you. Pay attention to your environment- what do you hear or smell? Notice how your body feels in this space. Bring yourself back to this space. When you're ready, open your eyes.

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from Meditations for Geeks, released January 31, 2019

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Rhiannon's Lark was created by Alyssa Yeager (sensual vocals, growly guitar, candy-coated ukulele) to express the reality of life as a geek, goddess, and girl. She brings gaming, fantasy, morality, and t-rexes together into a show that will comfort your ears, get you laughing, and possibly even make you think. ... more

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