I recently attended my sixth Mandala with Jill Purce
It was an astonishing mix of community, mantra and meditation.
Below is a link to an article in this month’s Cygnus Review, which captures something of the magic of the experience.
On creativity, happiness and spirituality
Over the last three years I have spent time going on an inner journey. I resigned from my job as a successful corporate development manager for a software house and decided to spend time ‘being’ instead of ‘doing’. I changed direction. Began going inwards instead of outwards. Staying in more often than going out.
It was an experiment.
I gave up alcohol and caffeine and established a meditation practice. I learned conscious connected breathing and ecstatic dance. Began blogging, writing a book and painting.
I met other people on a similar journey whilst taking part in family constellation and healing voice work with Jill Purce.
Someone asked me recently if I thought it was worthwhile spending my time learning how to do nothing. I told them that it is, without doubt, the most important thing I have ever done in my whole life.
After three years I am much richer inside. But on the outside there is a certain poverty. I see how easy it is, on this road, to become introvert and lose one’s way in the outside world.
What is needed now, for me, is a way to bring together the outside and the inside; to be a business woman and a meditator and not feel that the one excludes the other. In the past I have often felt like two different people, neither seemingly fitting in with either group. Business and spirituality – can the two meet?
I have just set up my own business insurance brokerage. I’m a chartered insurance broker. It’s what I know, from a career point of view. I want to see if I can succeed in the world and not lose my roots in my being; if I can continue on a spiritual journey and not lose my roots in the world. It’s a new path for me. I haven’t been the MD of a company before. Or tried to bring the two sides of myself together like this – two sides which are totally different and moving in opposite directions it seems.
And I can see that I am changing direction already. Moving outwards. I have to constantly remember to ask myself why I’m doing what I’m doing. Four-year-olds ask why all the time. Then they grow out of it or it’s educated out of them. A mother was so exasperated by her daughter’s ‘Why?’(s) in the optician’s, the other day, that she asked me if I knew who invented the word. A wise one no doubt.
There is no reason why there can’t be a time for doing and a time for being. Business and spirituality have to come together so that each sees and accepts the other. Then we won’t lose anything.
It’s another experiment.
Looking East yesterday evening, Mars stood out, bright and distinctly red.
The sky was clear. I learned to spot the V-shaped pattern of the constellation Taurus.
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