Stone Stacking & Balancing Across Time
"The origins of stone stacks are older than, well….dirt." -MJ
Have you ever been on a long hike and come across a stone stack?
Maybe you felt a bit of magic and mystery as you examined the natural tower, wondering who balanced it, and why.
"Cairns" in the Scottish Gaelic is defined as, “Man-made stacks of stones,” and they can be found in countries across the planet.
Stone stacks can range from the size of a hill, on down to little river rock formations.
Stacking rocks has been associated with mindfulness as a practice with many purposes & applications.
STACKING MEDITATIVE RITUALS & HONORINGS
Grab some large stones or rocks on your property or on a hike and give one of these a chance to balance:
1. Placing each stone can be used as a ritual of contemplative prayer
2. Each can be placed in gratitude for what presently arises in your mind
3. You can place a stack outside overnight on the full moon to intentionally release all that is no longer needed (Each stone may represent one situation, habit or thing that you wish to release.)
4. On the New Moon, you may create a stack; allowing each stone to be up to 10 creations with wishes for the month to come
5. A stack can represent a loss. It can be a way to spend time honoring a loved one or animal who has passed
6. A stack on a long hike can be a natural wonder to leave as an inspiration for others to behold on their journeys.
To conclude and inspire, check out this video of the amazing stone artist Michael Grab....Stacking in the River!!
LESSONS LEARNED FROM STONE BALANCING
Present Moment Awareness
Love of Simplicity
Prayer & Ritual