“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein
When we meditate, we bring ourselves a gift. Life brings up many questions and all of the answers to the questions lie within ourselves. First of all, we need to be willing to stop and to turn within. Then we can learn to look, listen, and trust. The word trust comes from the Old Norse ‘traust’, which held the meaning of ‘strong’.
Meditation is beneficial to our well-being in lots of ways, physically, emotionally and mentally. So there are plenty of good reasons to make it a part of our everyday life.
A major benefit of regular meditation is an increasingly strong connection to our intuition – or ‘inner tutor’. Our intuitive self is open to spiritual insights and communications, which are quiet, not loud. To be able to hear the whisperings, we need to calm the noise and chatter of our thoughts.
Meditation can involve both wandering and wondering! The mind wanders and when we find it difficult to quieten our thoughts, we may decide that we are no good at meditation and so give up. It helps to remember that the mind will always judge and criticize our attempts to be still.
The mind is outraged at being sidelined and this is part of its defense. We can choose to understand and accept that.
At the time of writing, it is winter in the North of England and lately there’s been snow, hail, sleet, frosty mornings and icy winds. I’m glad to be able to light a coal fire sometimes and sit and watch the flames.
There’s a whole process of clearing ashes, chopping kindling wood and fetching coal and this led me to consider a few things about tending the hearth. Recently the chimney-sweep came and I was reminded of my father, who used to be a fireman. He had often attended chimney fires and warned me of the dangers.
In Art and Alignment, I tell of different ways that art, writing and creative activities helped in my recovery from a life-threatening illness. In the section called ‘The Object In Hand’, I describe how I was at home convalescing after a major operation and beginning to regain some energy. I found that sitting in a chair, sewing bits of textiles together, which wasn’t something I would normally have done, was helping me to feel better.
Oasis offers listeners a place of rest and recuperation, to regenerate body and mind. Here you can pause for a few moments of peace and calm and lay down your burdens for a short while.
Listeners are guided through a four-minute Emerald Alignment, followed by a harp meditation. The Emerald Alignment is a practical, self-help method of energy field alignment, which can be used by people of all ages for healing, sealing and protecting the auric field.
Over the ages, many people have likened human life to a play, also describing it as a script, which we ourselves are writing, staging and performing. Throughout our lives, we each have many roles, in various dramas, with countless changes of scenery, props, cast and crew and we become lost in the illusion of it all. On this earthly stage, there is much to play with, despair of and delight in!
If we clench our fist and then very slowly allow the hand to uncurl and open, resting there for a moment and repeating this a few times, we can feel how the energy changes between these two states.
If we clench our fist and then very slowly allow the hand to uncurl and open, resting there for a moment and repeating this a few times, we can feel how the energy changes between these two states. The tight fist is tense and grasping, needy and defensive, greedy and aggressive.
The open hand is peacefully inviting; it lets go and is able to give, receive and co-operate.
I was working in an office that overlooked a river, running through the centre of town. It was good to be able to step outside and take a refreshing break by the water. A heron often visited here, swooping gracefully down, to the delight of those passing by.
People would stop and take a moment to watch as the heron stood very still by the water, providing a picture of poise and a focus for a moment of calm reflection.