Tuesday, December 04, 2007

try this improvisation [5]: Meister Eckhart's circle

Here's a ritual/improvisation that you might like to try the next time you are on a beach. We've done this on our latest mayBe retreats in October and November in South Devon. The starting point is this wisdom from the Dominican mystic Meister Eckhart [1260-1327]. He speaks in male language but we read it out in both female and male.

"A person who wishes to begin a good life should be like a man who draws a circle. Let him get the centre in the right place and keep it so and the circumference will be good. In other words, let a man first learn to fix his heart on God and then his good deeds will have virtue; but if a man's heart is unsteady, even the great things he does will be of small advantage".

To make the circles we found it worked best to tie 2 small sticks or screwdrivers at either end of a metre or 2 of fishing line or string. Put one stick firmly into the sand as your centre, then with the string tight, with the other stick make a circle [the circumference] in the sand around it. The circles may overlap if you want. Stand, sit or kneel at the centre of your circle, and let Meister Eckhart's words do their thing on you...

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