Stress…seems to be a word nearly everyone can relate to at some time, the seeming invisible malaise of modern society and living in it. Often we forget that stress in not only just a natural part of life it can also be very useful when we learn to use it and move with it. It isnt about getting rid of stress or anxiety but learning to recognise it and be able to keep FLOWING and GROWING in our life. So how does Grail questing have a solution here??
When we think of Grails and cauldrons we are often reminded of something very ancient and archaic but over the last week I have been reminded that the Grail/cauldron is ever renewing and always present in our now.
The Grail is also very much a physical energetical presence in our body, similar in some ways to the way chakras work .They reflect on an internal level the world we are experiencing, when we are calm and at peace our Grail is full of rich elixir and images. When we are stressed, anxious or upset the Grail can be a torrid swirling water spilling its edges….the saying feeling churned up inside explains this so well …
How many times in your hectic day have you begun to experience feeling out of sorts, rushed and unable to get tasks done and started to feel as if your almost awash in indecision or emotion??
I wanted to share the following short exercise which is surprisingly simple and effective in helping calm and restore our sense of balance.
Firstly cup your hand as if a bowl just below your ribcage, feel the hand edge push against yout stomach firmly.
Then take 3 breathes slowly and deeply.
The first breath imagine the earth beneath you drawing up into your body to rest in your Grail shaped hand.
Next with a breath from above you flowing down to the centre, resting again in your Grail shaped hand.
Finally a third breath from around you circling and centering in your Grail shaped hand.
Visualise the energy and “water” in your Grail hand becoming calm and settled, see the deep hues and reflections in the water.
When the image and sensations are fully calming and refreshing take your hand and imagine you are pouring the healing elixir from the Grail over your forhead and let it wash down your body.
You can keep repeating this excersise several times if desired, if you are in a place where the tipping motion may not be applicable then just visualise the water flowing into your body.
In the Druid Grove,
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