“The spiritual world is not at the behest of our desires and intentions. Quite the contrary: it is always a gift: not a generic gift, but a gift given by a specific giver, a spiritual being. For the spiritual world is a world of beings–from the highest angelic hierarchies to the so-called dead. Spiritual knowing is not something we can take. It must be received. Therefore, to approach such knowing-receiving, we must silence our desires, purposes, and intentions and present ourselves in devoted, expectant, sensitive waiting. Whatever comes originates in the spiritual world, not in us.”
Christopher Bamford, Introduction to Inner Reading and Inner Hearing, by Rudolf Steiner
“Stop waiting for someone to make you an expert at living your own life.” Rebecca Pacheco author of Do Your Om Thing or in my case, Do Your OWN Thing :-).
Source: Yoga at home, p. 124, practitioner Mey Elbi
AHA – moment right there🙂.
Source: Do your OM thing by Rebecca Pacheco page 117
Relaxing activity on a stormy Sunday. Colouring with our daughter using art therapy found at WH Smith. There is also a page in each magazine for relaxation, meditation, mindfulness …
It is hard work to keep the mind focused on the present for a prolonged period of time without it wandering off to create weird and wacky stories. Practice makes improvement 🙂.
WOW! Now here is a project for the future. Considering that I am a crochet beginner I guess this will be in the far, far future 🙂.
Mandalas are a concept I only just started to pay attention to in my quest for a practice of gratitude and mindfulness. There is the colour in variation and of course creating your own mandala, but I have not reached that point yet. Crocheting is just another option of a meditative practice.
Mandalas, What Are They?
The word Mandala (pronunciation mon- dah- lah) means “circle”. A Mandala represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds.
The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and more obviously the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities.Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most individuals are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists.
Mandalas are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual meditating to become one with the universe. There are not many who are able to achieve this state of mind from just studying a mandala. The symbolism behind the creation of a mandala can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan or of any other religious orientation.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has”
~Margaret Meade ~