Sunday, July 22, 2007

Meditating on the Cross

The Mandala has traditionally been used as an aid to meditation. By focusing on the center of the Mandala, the mind is brought to the reality that holds all the differences that we experience, together. The center is the place where the image of the Lord is found. Around this center we find the space of Creation, with its four cardinal directions, and outer circumference, which comprises the outer limits of our consciousness. Here are often represented those elements that are most ambiguous, and indicative of all that lies on the periphery of conscious mind. These are irrational, chaotic images that seem to lurk in the shadows of our search for unity and order, but still need to be recognized, and included in the wholeness that comprises our self awareness.

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