Tuesday, 16 September 2014

the shed as thought

In this fast, demanding world our five senses are like five thieves - they rob us of inner experiences such as peace, meditation and tranquillity every day. The shed can be a secure place of refuge from the strident demands of commerce, finance, and social pressures.  A place where the busy mind, stretched like a rubber-band to breaking point, can let go.

It has been said that many of the problems of the world arise due to the inability of most people to sit quietly in a room on their own. The shed can provide a sanctuary where the individual can sit alone and allow the mind to become still.

Quiet times such as this are a tremendous opportunity for allowing creative and healing mind-patterns to develop. Such times are not wasted, fruitless nor unimportant. Rather, they provide fertile ground for the imagination to roam, a setting for connections to be made, a time away from the insistent demands of rampant materialism.

The shed has a role here as healer of the spirit as well as the mind and body. Utilized to its full potential, the shed can enable us to find our way back through the confusing labryinth, back to the light, back to the ground and experience of our true inner being.

The shed can offer us the opportunity of sitting loose to life, with the iPhone and other intrusions left at the door, whilst those mental faculties such as intuition and imagination, which may have been pushed aside, are allowed to creep from their hiding places to nurture and inspire us to greater things than the accumulation of yet more material possessions.

In this state of reviere “information flows more easily between your conscious, subconscious, and unconscious, increasing intuition, insight, and healing abilities...” bringing a sense of “equanimity, balance, self-possession,  self-assurance and presence of mind that brings calmness, peacefullness, and tranquillity.”

One of the most sacred texts of Eastern philosophy (the Dhammapadma, verse 1) succinctly points out: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. We are compounded of our thoughts, made up of our thoughts.”


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