How this hidden gift can transform your day

Waking at 5.30am to the sound of birds through my open window, I got up and dressed to walk through the woods on the way to the meditation sanctuary in Cluny Hill, one of the Findhorn Foundation campuses. The light was still brightening, a red squirrel scampered over the path a few feet ahead of me, and I kicked the remains of the autumn leaves. I was leading the meditation today at 6.30am but really, it starts for me when I leave my front door.

candlecentrepieceEntering the calm, gentle sanctuary, I lit the candle, picked up the gong and bowl and with one soft hit, signaled the beginning of the meditation with a lovely sound. There was only one other person there, and we would be in complete silence for the next hour.

I’m used to ‘hearing’ words in this time of silent sitting, and so always have a notebook and pen with me.  This first happened many years ago, and over time I’ve paid attention and witnessed the many, many occasions when they have been so loving and nurturing. I eventually called this process The Listening. I write much more about this in my forthcoming book, Gifted By Grief, as it gave much solace to me while my husband was dying.

However, this time in the sanctuary, what presented were words for someone else. Someone I know, but not well, and who lives in the community. I had no idea what was going on in his life but I listened as intently as I could and noted them down.

Later, I bumped into him in the corridor – rarely do I see him, so this was a surprise. I told him what I had received, and he affirmed how appropriate they were.

The reason I am sharing this with you is because I want to invite you to listen too. Listen to your own still small voice within. It cannot make itself heard in the general hubbub of every day life, which is why it usually comes through at times of stillness and quiet.  If you find this difficult, then simply start with quietening for a couple of minutes. That’s what I did.

If you need help with slowing down, and being quieter, then I have two great tools to help you, the White Light Meditation, and The Five Minute Relaxation. Both work wonderfully to introduce you to a calmer, more still place.  http://wildwisdom.co.uk/freebies/

If you would like to be a guinea pig for me with this, I am offering to just 5 people the opportunity to receive some of this Listening for yourself. No cost, as I have no idea if this will work or not, which is why you are a guinea pig. 🙂  Email me; no need to tell me anything about your situation, I will spend up to 15 minutes focusing on you, and we’ll see what happens.

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