Meditation is an age-old range of practices that promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force, that develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. It can be used to clear the mind and ease health concerns such as high blood pressure, depression and anxiety.
Meditation can be practiced sitting down, or by walking. Prayers beads and other ritual objects are often used to remind the practitioner to be in the present and to appreciate the “now.” Mantras and chanting can help focus the meditation on an intention and purpose. Red Doors offers a number of meditation practices.
"If one aspires to reach the Top, one should practice walking in a circle."
- Taoist Canon
Labyrinths are single, circuitous paths that serve as a metaphor for our lives. Their tight concentric patterns force us to slow down and become aware of what we are doing and thinking, and to look at our state of being. They are ancient in origin dating back nearly 6000 years and found originally in four continents. The most popular pattern today is either the classical 7-circuit, as above or the 11 circuit Chartres pattern found in a cathedral of that name in France and built in 1201.
Red Doors Studio is home to a 10-circuit, permanent labyrinth with a diameter of 27 feet. Modelled after the Bayeux labyrinth, which dates back to the 12th century, the Red Doors labyrinth is available for group walks and facilitations. We sell washable portable labyrinths, build and rent fabric labyrinths.
For more information on labyrinths, click here.
“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages.
It signifies the wholeness of the Self.”
— Carl G. Jung, Memories, Dreams and Reflections
Carl Jung believed drawing mandalas would allow his clients to symbolically work their way through the outer chaos of their lives and get in touch with their centre. Indeed, the creative process of drawing mandalas evokes a feeling of relaxation and calm. Tibetan monks are famed for their intricate mandalas made of coloured sand only to destroy them moments after finishing. This teaches letting go and impermanance. Explore your creativity and get in touch with your intuitive self at one of our mandala workshops.
Mindfulness meditation helps us become aware of what is already true, allowing us to be fully aware and present. Mindfulness meditation encourages us to look at the details of our experiences as they arise and subside, by taking a non-judgmental, observers, approach.
Not sure which meditation practice is for you? Come to one of our Meditation Mornings, which are monthly taster of complementary practices, including walking and gong meditation as well as breath work.
Check for the next Meditation Morning, click here.