Any connotations aside, this video is a beautiful way to engage in a slightly more active form of mediation. It only took a few seconds of watching the wheel spin to a slow and almost mournful music before my body relaxed and moved into a different state of being. For me, this transformation into a meditative state happens fairly easy now though I recognize for others it is far more of a struggle. Just stare at the amazing patterns changing on the wheel and let it be the center of your consciousness. Let whatever your body is holding onto relax into the music. Breathe deeply if you remember! If not, your body will keep doing it for you anyway.
During the first section of this (through about 5:30), I got very lost in the concept of "the thread of life." Trying to articulate what I was feeling and understanding is hard for me, even re-watching it. The concept I was seeing, feeling and experiencing was along the lines that when we pull on our thread of life as we move forward, we unravel our past, yet that thread of our past creates the path for our future. I have no idea if that translates into anything sensible to anyone outside of my own brain!
I was focusing on the patterns that appear in nature during the second section (approximately 5:30-9:30). I was "seeing" shells and flowers in the artist's work and was reminded of the amazing natural beauty at miniscule levels. I was also reminded of the idea that there is organization even in chaos.
In the final section of this (9:30-end), I felt like I was getting a stream of messages and reminders to go with each layer she carved on the wheel. I just jotted them down as I kept staring at the wheel and receiving more messages:
- slow but steady creates incredible beauty
- complex beauty arises from simplicity
- mandalas are a gift
- leaves offer healing power
- creation thru destruction
- healing through change
- building on the past
- circles are amazing
- losing oneself in one's art
- the power of beauty
- perfection in imperfection
- mental impressions are often tricks of visualization
Reading back over the notes a few hours later, it is fairly powerful for me to see what messages were streaming through my mind without me really being too cognizant of the process.
I'm sharing these phrases and sentiments for others to get an idea of what meditation might look like for them. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. There are no right or wrong messages or thoughts or emotions. Your meditation experience is yours alone and will never match that of others. For me, this is what meditation looks like some days. Other days, it is completely different!
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