Category Archives: Techniques

Rock n Rolling

You can spend many enjoyable hours strolling down the beach or a river bank looking at the variety of beatiful stones. Most have been shaped and polished by eons spent rolling around in the water and sand.

Notice that when they are wet, the stones shine like jewels. When they dry, their luster fades.

  
You can easily put a permanent shine on those stones with a rock tumbler. We purcheased one from Lortone and found out how easy it is to polish river rocks. The tumbler was placed in the garage in a tray in case one of the containers leaked.

  
Skills needed are minimal, patience is the required talent. The rocks go into a container with water and polishing compound. They are then tumbled 24/7 for many weeks. Three to four different grits are used to get a progressively finer polish. Each grit requires 7 to 10 days of tumbling.

  
After five weeks of rock and rolling, the results were stuning. 

Get out there and be amazed…

The earth grows me

Mantras can be a powerful tool to filter out distractions and focus your attention on a subject. Combined with walking meditation, you can experience nature directly at a very deep level.

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Walking meditation? Take a short walk through the woods, on a beach, at a park, in your backyard. Use your breathe to focus on the rhythm of your walk and every detail of nature surrounding you. Let your thoughts go and quietly voice your mantra. Limited in space? You can do this in a small backward or courtyard by slowly repeating your route many times. Try this daily. The goal is to put yourself in ‘receive mode’ and let the messages of nature come to you passively.

“I grow the earth, the earth grows me”

“I grow the earth, the earth grows me”

“I grow the earth, the earth grows me”

“I grow the earth, the earth grows me”

“I grow the earth, the earth grows me”…….

The first part is a breathe in, the second part is a breathe out. Synch your breathe, steps and mantra into a slow relaxing stroll. When you get it right, time will be suspended and the boundary between you and nature will disappear.

Be Amazed…