"Pay attention to the trees that you pass when you go about your day: whenever you're out walking, or cycling or driving." - Holly Worton from the book, If Trees Could Talk.
This session’s guided meditation will spend time exploring the magical possibility of wish trees.
On travels you may have encountered wish trees; which span the globe going back to ancient times.
Traveling to Ireland, I had the opportunity to spend time on the Hill of Tara, where I found a Hawthorne adorned with a mixture of wishes on fabric hung by locals and travelers.
Wishes are written on “Clooties, which is a Scottish word meaning “Cloth”
Clooties are torn bits of fabric, paper or ribbon. Sometimes they can simply be a silent prayer or wish held while tying some ribbon.
This simple act combines the emotions and intentions inside a personal and sacred act to inspire the desired outcome. Wish trees are often found near sacred wells, but they can be found anywhere.
The Mantra anchor this week
We can be trees in order to calm, drop our worries, reach to the sky with our dreams and wishes, and breathe deeply for our own life experiences and to process the world around us.
Breathing in: Earth
Breathing out: Sky
I love this mantra. We are infinite beings, so yes we can imagine sending our energy into the earth and up into the clouds, and we can realize we are actually able to. It’s just a shift and an openness of Being.
A Journaling Prompt for any willing writers:
Make a list of clooties; wishes, hopes, intentions and desires to place on your wish tree.
What would you like to send to the year past?
What would you like to send to all the loved ones, and to yourself sitting right here
in the present moment?
What would you like to send to the year ahead? What thoughts are you stirring up in a pot of future experiences?
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“Being on a spiritual path does not prevent you from facing times of darkness. But it teaches you how to use the darkness as a tool to grow.” - Anonymous
In order to see and re-order our lives, it is helpful to simplify our environment.
On a walk, before the light of day presents the billions of details filtered through our eyes
from the world around us, we can set out to track the opportunities of the infinite space found in the darkness of pre-dawn light.
This space exists for us to clear the cobwebs of the mind, and breathe this dark mist into our lungs.
Along the way, there will be street lights, candles burning inside the windows of homes, car lights, and cracks lit up from the city’s ambient glow. It is never completely dark outside;
even on the eve before the Winter Solstice.
We know well the metaphor of darkness, but what of its goodness? In the open canvas of a dark morning all is possible, and all is washed away into the present moment which is filled with our sense perceptions.
Complications become softer. Worries can be swept away as the musings of our brains. Challenges reveal possibilities. With each step we become free. With each step what really matters today comes to the fore. We see clearly inside our mind, from our hearts. There are no details to burden us, and block our way.
"In the light we read the inventions of others in the darkness we invent our own stories." - Alberto Manguel
This meditation provides an opportunity.
On a walk, in the dark with small lights to show the way we can travel inside ourselves, instead of outside, which is common in the light of day.
Some proficient meditators can tap into the answers they seek in the quiet
A shaman told me that if you pose a question before walking in the woods, in that space the answer will rise up.
With this practice, clear the decks and spend some time in the spaces that have no edges, no rules, boundaries or definitions.
For your photography prompt:
If you head out before sunrise, or after dark, can you find any photographs of street lights in the dark, or glowing windows inside homes.
For any willing writers, the journaling prompt for the week is:
If you had a blank canvas with magic paint to create anything on it that would manifest as you wish in your life, what would it be an image of? What is the story behind it?
There is a saying, "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" This poem is a nod to it.
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