Throughout my ongoing Experiment with Light journey I work with images. It is different for everyone. Some receive a word through the meditation, write poetry or journal, draw or paint, anything is possible. After the meditation, where a friend reads prompts as described above, we have time alone to process our thoughts; this is where I journal. When I look back over my writing patterns and themes emerge.
We then come together in small groups to share our experience of the meditation with each other should we wish, in confidence and in a safe space. Often friends work through their problems which have arisen, putting them into perspective. We don’t comment at all or share outside of the group. It is a listening and sharing opportunity which is extremely helpful in our busy world. Providing stillness and attentiveness benefits the mind, heart and soul.
Why do I feel the need to sit in silence as a Quaker? Why do I also follow the guided meditation of Experiment with Light? Why do I Worship? Why do I find transcendental meditation useful too? Isn’t one period of stillness enough?
These are questions I have asked myself and they all have differences in their answers. Worship finds gratitude with friends as we connect with God*. Silence in its own value brings rest to my mind. We sleep to rest our bodies and our mind needs stillness in our everyday lives to bring out its best. Transcendental meditation is practised by many celebrities and their often creative, artistic qualities are enhanced by this. Like Experiment with Light, a creative aspect of life is found and plugged into, creating ideas. Add up how many hours you spend online each day, often your phone does this for you, then how many minutes you have had time to be still and peaceful, and you’ll find without some discipline you are always too busy. Do you make time for a coffee? Do you not wash your body regularly? It is essential to create space for your mind to rest and replenish too. Perhaps even in the bath or shower. And then remember the ideas that come to you when you can’t make a note because you’re all soapy!
The Experiment with Light network is worldwide. We have people all over the world joining us online for the meditation. Some are regulars, others new.
Finding joy in the experiment has led to local groups practising too. Here in Okehampton, Devon, we are restarting our group after the hiatus through Lockdown. As with different forms or quality stillness online there is also a difference to in-person meditations.
If you are thinking about Quakerism and our stillness why not join in with an Experiment with Light group, online through the website or locally if available? It will give you an insight into Quaker life where you will make friends and find peace.
Amanda Jones – Okehampton Quaker Meeting
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