Looking for the Divine in All the Right Places
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Peg Gotthold
August 2010
Contributor
Written by
Peg Gotthold
August 2010
There it was among a exhibition of Faberge masterworks created for the House of Romanov, Nestled among the breathtaking gold and jewel-embellished eggs was a small red-enameled flower pot. Atop a small stalk of gold, a diamond-encrusted football sprouted. Slender stands of asbestos poked out from the infantestimal spaces between the small diamonds. A puffy white dandelion seed head captured in the precious materials of a jeweler’s art. “To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower,* or ” to consider the lilies of the fields” is another aspect of meditation. It is to see with your whole being, to search for the foot print of the divine on the nature that surrounds you. As in the quiet meditation method, put yourself in a still space. Ignore the distractions that surround you. Focus on your breath, if needed, to quiet your body. Using something from the natural world, a leaf, a seed, a pebble, a flower, really look at the beauty in your hand. Feel its texture. Run your hands over the naturescape you hold. Lose yourself in the patterns of ridges and crevices or skate along the smooth polished surfaces. Imagine the dance of the atoms you hold in your hand. The origins of this form of meditation is from the ancient Celtic Christians. They saw the divine thread intertwining in and through nature. It is a more active form of meditation. It inspires wonder and refreshes the spirit with the well-being of connectedness. It is a form of meditation that can be done anywhere - office, school, home - anywhere you can carry a small piece of the natural world. A small pebble on the desk will do. And the time taken to see the universe and the divine within it. *William Blake - “Auguries of Innocence”

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