Peace Love and Strength
20th March 2018
For some time I've been looking around for something that is partly spiritual, partly motivational, partly meditation based and partly nature focused. I'm keen to embrace a culture or a following. Not a faith. I have no interest in anything religious.
The obvious things to look at are anything with Buddhism at its core. I researched it and found that it just wasn't right for me.
On the surface it appears spot on but the more I dig into it the more I don't get along with some of the philosophies.
I'm a great fan of the pagan beliefs of old and have read and digested a large amount of medieval culture. Norse beliefs in particular fascinate me.
But I'm no Viking and not really terribly interested in the trappings of paganism.
I was raised a Catholic but never followed it beyond my teenage years. Once again the trappings of the Catholic church put me off.
So last night I sat back and thought about what it is that I want to achieve. What I want to feel and how I want to deal with feelings in a positive way on a regular basis.
I wrote down three words: Peace, Love and Strength.
Peace - Inner peace. A peaceful outlook. To wish peace on those around me. To embrace peace.
Love - To feel love. To love those close to me. To love nature in its purest form.
Strength - To have the strength and resilience to cope with adversity and the negativity that appears daily.
I pictured three points - a triangle. More specifically a Triquetra. A triangular form in which my three words would be represented by each corner. Similar, of course, to Christianity's Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
But I have no interest in religion or deities.
What I do have an interest in is my own well-being and happiness.
Without thinking about it I joined my hands together and interlocked my second and third fingers. My thumbs, forefingers and little fingers were pointing.
I sat down and relaxed. Closed my eyes.
I cleared my head of noise and obstructive thoughts by picturing a waterfall. An image that always calms me.
In complete silence I sat thinking about each word in turn to the backdrop of the water plunging into the crystal clear pool.
Peace -- Love -- Strength
I visualised not the word but a symbolic representation of the word. Not a fixed image just something that occurred to me at the time. At all times the water was falling and I could hear the sound of the water in my mind.
I placed myself central to the process. As a meditation it worked. I didn't need to hear any words of motivation or a guided walk-thru to slowly 'switch off'. It just worked for me to focus my mind and concentrate on those three specific words.