Druidry and Meditation

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Meditation has a great deal to offer anyone on a spiritual path. Through self knowledge and inner peace, we gain insight. In contemplation and communion, we may hear the voice of spirit. This book offers a broad range of meditative practices, and explains how to develop your own visualisations. For those who want to go further, there is advice for running meditation groups and for using meditation in ritual.

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Overview

Meditation has a great deal to offer anyone on a spiritual path. Through self knowledge and inner peace, we gain insight. In contemplation and communion, we may hear the voice of spirit. This book offers a broad range of meditative practices, and explains how to develop your own visualisations. For those who want to go further, there is advice for running meditation groups and for using meditation in ritual.

Druidrj and Meditation is not only a handbook for seeking tranquillity, but a guide to adventure, creativity and inspiration, exploring how meditation can play a part in the many aspects of modern Druid life.

Druid, author, bard and dreamer, Nimue Brown is a founding member of Bards of The Lost Forest, a Druid Network member and former volunteer for The Pagan Federation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780990286
  • Publisher: Moon Books
  • Publication date: 1/16/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 807,234
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What is Meditation? 3

When to Meditate 7

What Kit do you Need? 11

Chapter 2 Meditation for the Body 15

Breathing 16

Breathing Exercises 18

Untensing 20

Untensing Exercises 21

Opening Joints Exercise 22

Self-Awareness 23

Self-Awareness Exercises 24

Calming and Focusing Exercises 24

Elemental Exercises 27

Active Meditations 32

Walking 33

Running 36

Dancing 37

Drumming 39

Chanting 42

Repetitive Movement 43

Chapter 3 Meditation for the Heart and Mind 45

Becoming Aware of Moods 47

Exercises for Becoming Aware 49

Working with Emotion 53

Exercises for Working with Emotion 54

Meditation for Intellectual Stimulation 55

Meditative Questioning Exercises 57

Opening to Creativity 59

Inspiration Exercises 60

Sacred Inspiration 61

Deep Contemplation of Objects 62

Creative Viewing Exercises 65

Pathworkings 66

Sample Pathworkings 68

The Pathworking Narrative 72

Analyzing the Pathworking 76

Chapter 4 Meditation for Spiritual Purposes 79

Connecting with the Land 80

Connecting with Other Living Thing 85

Exercises for Connecting with Plants 86

Connecting with Creatures 92

Exercises for Connecting with Creatures 94

Connecting with Places 97

Exercises for Connecting with Places 99

Connecting with the Ancestors 101

Exercises for Connecting with the Ancestors 103

Connecting with Spirits 105

Exercises for Meditating with Spirit 108

Shamanic Meditation 109

Shapeshifting Meditations 112

The Sacred Grove Meditation 115

Meditation in Personal Ritual 117

Grounding and Settling 121

Chapter 5 Meditation for Groups 124

Creating and Structuring the Group 125

Where and When to Meditate 128

Other Guidelines 129

Creating the Setting 130

Structuring Group Meditation 133

Guided Meditations for Groups 135

Sharing Experiences 140

Challenges and Problems 142

Chapter 6 Meditation for Ritual 145

Private Meditation in Group Ritual 146

Contributing Meditation to Ritual 150

Open Groups and Closed Group Issues 151

The Practicalities, Indoors, Outdoors 152

Meditations for Open Ritual Groups 155

Implications of Meditation for Magical Practice 158

Conclusions 162

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