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The Joys of Confession, Psychoanalysis & Good Old Fashioned Gossip

February 4th, 2020

10 Responses to “The Joys of Confession, Psychoanalysis & Good Old Fashioned Gossip”

  1. Loved the meditation. As I do more and more of these sessions I’m starting to actually be ‘in’ the sacred grove rather than looking ‘into’ the sacred grove, if that makes sense? When I used to do them it was if I was the 3rd person seeing myself in the grove, but now I’m looking through my own eyes.

    Maybe it’s because I’m becoming attuned to opening up or it might be that my wife and I have been doing yoga for the past 3 weeks, but whatever it is, it’s great ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I am happy to hear you to say that meditating cyclically is a healthy alternative to regular, obligatory meditation. My life definitely goes in waves and sometimes meditation is a great way to focus and at other times it feels as if I have to do rather than would like to do it.

  3. I am pleased to hear you say that irregular meditation is just as helpful and useful as disciplined, regular mediation.

    • Hi Rowena, good to hear! I might expand on what I said in this talk, because it all depends upon how you define meditation. Brigitara’s comment below is helpful in thus regard I think. Blessings!

  4. Thank you for that. It reminded me of the Chapel of Penitence of the Inner Abbey – in a book by Gareth Knight
    Janet

  5. Lovely meditation; Thanks, Philip. ๐Ÿ™‚ During my 20’s-30’s, I meditated daily/ consistently 2 x a day (with a couple of specific Teachers/paths), At those times it was Very helpful and was perfect for those periods in my life. It created a strong Spiritual base for self discipline, self awareness, clarity of mind, open-heartedness, development of spiritual skills/abilities, focus, etc. Later I began to vary them, depending on the day’s (or week’s) life events, and I currently do different meditations/practices.

    I focus on creating a balance in life, and find I that I may need to “go with the Flow,” concerning my meditations, depending on what I need at that time, in order to have that balance I may do hours of meditations daily during workshops, and then do simple short ones at other times, especially on busy work days. I visit the mountains to commune with nature, which can become my meditation for that day. I have a variety of ways to meditate now, & intuitively choose those that work best at specific times.

    I generally do the OBOD “Light Body Exercise” daily, & do simple Blessings & prayers for the 4 directions, Faery & Deva Realms & Gaia. I don’t make a strict schedule of times for those, but try to do them in the AM. At times, I may also do a long guided meditation with my own recorded CDs, or those others have created (including OBOD ones), or I may do an online group meditation or a silent one, that I create myself. I find that I need to be flexible & follow my intuition.

    Bright Blessings on your Journey towards Alban Eiler. /|\

    • That’s really interesting Brigitara, and your account is a good example of how we evolve in our practice over time. Presenting an approach like that right at the beginning of a path it may seem to some people that its too complicated or varied, but of course if you’ve been immersed in this work, as I know you have, for years, then it just flows naturally. It’s like an artist who has a whole range of media to work with. It’s one thing – ‘doing art’ (in our analogy spiritual practice/meditation) but thanks to years of training, curiosity and exploration, doing that one thing may involve many different practices/acts: oils, watercolour, crayon, collage, sculpture etc… and the artist varies her palette or media depending upon her mood/intuition etc. Likewise with spiritual practice and meditation. Thank you for helping me articulate that! ๐Ÿ™‚

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