Still feeling a little foggy – functioning from a conflicted mind – consistently sending me into emotional tail spins. So, I have been asking to be shown the way through to an undivided mind, to stillness and peace. Yesterday I received 2 emails that seemed to show me “the way” through this latest dip into darkness. We all have to find our own unique way that resonates for us, the “medicine” that restores us to clarity, and a sense of congruency of Being, so this probably pertains to my specific needs at the moment. But it resonated so deeply that I wanted to share it.
The first was a video of a guy by the name of Michael Grab who balances rocks in a creek in
which requires an enormous amount of focus.
He calls it “nurturing meditative presence” and “contemplation in
non-attachment.” It was fascinating to
watch this guy balance these rocks in the midst of a flowing stream, to see him
focus his full attention on what he was doing in the moment. And I noticed that as I watched, my
body-mind completely relaxed and I became peaceful – because my *mind* became undivided,
completely focused on him balancing rocks, creating a pause, which then allowed
my mind to experience stillness. Ahhh –
my first hint… You can watch the video here. Boulder, Colorado
The second was an email newsletter from Joan Ruvinsky about taking time out from meditative practice to play in the beauty of nature. She had been conducting a month-long intensive retreat in the wilderness, mostly in study, contemplation, meditating, Yoga and chanting… And then it snowed and she and her retreatants went for a day-long hike through a winter wonderland – absorbed by its beauty. In her newsletter she quoted from the Vijnani Bhaivava: The Manual of Self Realization, a piece of literature written in the 7th century from the Kashmir Shaivism tradition of Hinduism. It says: “Wherever your mind becomes peaceful, put your mind there. If your mind is situated peacefully working in the garden, put your mind there; do not go into the prayer room for prayer…..at that moment….as working in the garden is the right way for you. Wherever your mind is appeased, in peace, there and then ananda (peace, joy, bliss) will appear to you.” In this I heard that it was important to listen to the mind, as well as the intuition, and my mind and intuition have been telling me lately that my mind needs “focus.” And apparently it is the focus on what we are experiencing in the moment that gives peace of mind – whether it be gardening, some art form, or nature itself. Obviously there are many gateways into the realm of meditative Silence – without dismissing the mind as an obstacle, or getting *lost* in the mind, but focusing the mind… So I am paying attention to these little messages that appeared seemingly pointing the way…
Which led me to sign up to take a free on-line course to learn how to create and paint the Seed of Life Mandala over at Guada’s Circle, to give me a sense of focus and structure, as well as creativity, hopefully bringing the mind to a place of inner stillness. You can watch a video of Guada creating a Seed of Life Mandala here. Stacy Wills also creates some wonderful mandalas on her blog – A Magic Mom and Her Mandalas.
Apparently “focus” can be a gateway into relaxed Presence, into peace, stilling the mind and finding a sense of connection with the Divine again… Most of us on a “spiritual path” of “awakening” or “enlightenment” try to depose the mind, or bypass it in order to enter a state of pure Being through a meditative practice. But it seems that *allowing* the mind to do what it does best, to creatively focus, is yet another way of losing one’s self and finding inner Peace… We shall see J
Photo: Reflection of chair in window