Archive for the ‘Meditation’ Category

Sound Meditation, 22nd May 2012: Mountain
August 5, 2012

Standing upright, we embody our mountain qualities

Far sighted, clear sighted

Rooted deeply in the earth, our summits in the cool, clean air,

Within our core lie hidden treasures awaiting discovery.

We have weathered the onslaughts of flood, fire, storm and earthquake,

Yet, we continue to stand firm on our foundations.

We provide shelter and sanctuary for many,

Protecting those who depend on us.

For eons, we have observed the passing of night and day,

the passage of sun, moon and stars.

We are beacons of light

Banishing shadows and illuminating our world.

The art work and writing in this post were inspired by the theme of one of the meditation classes I conduct at The Basin Community House.

I incorporate the sound of healing bowls in the meditations.

Sound Meditation 13th March 2012: A Tranquil Place
March 26, 2012

Our eyes are fixed on the ground a couple of paces ahead.

Walking with mindfulness, we slowly raise one foot – breathe in

Slowly, with care, we place the foot back on the ground slightly ahead – breathe out

We raise the other foot – breathe in

Placing the foot – breathe out.

Peace and calm descend on the group as we pace towards an inner haven.

Settling into our meditation positions, we continue the journey with our imaginations entering the place where tranquility resides

Our own personal, private place of peace and rest.

We engage our senses to fully experience the waterfall, the ferny gully, the floating weightless in the airy blue.

The vibrations of the bowls hold each of us in these places.

Refreshed, we return.

Sound Meditation: Stepping Into The Mandala, 28th February 2012
March 14, 2012

We gaze at our chosen images of a mandala

In silence, in contemplation

Taking in the details, impressions, associations.

Having observed the mandala from above, we step into our mandalas.

As the bowls toll, we explore the space within, going deeper and deeper.

Within my mandala is a small, dark lake hemmed in by a circle of trees.

The lake pulsates with energy.

Beneath the lake’s surface, the golden energy within its depths rises and cascades forth above and beyond the trees

Illuminating the landscape beyond.

Within darkness, there is light.

Sound Meditation 21st February 2012: Healing White Light
February 25, 2012

The first session for 2012

The five women arrive.

One is a meditation novice – brave woman!

As the meditation begins,  the women settle into their chairs and yoga mats.

Bringing our attention to our breath, we enter the meditation space –

Our minds focussed on the here and now

Allowing distracting thoughts to drift by.

With the inward breath, we breathe in calm, relaxation, peace

With the outward breath, we breathe out those things not needed right now.

We breathe in a healing, white light gradually allowing it to fill our bodies.

My heart expands, my chest alive with energy interacting with the vibrations of the healing bowls.

We expand the white light to encase our bodies and unite the group with the shared purpose of peace and healing.

Awareness gradually returns to our everyday waking state.

The woman suffering from a back injury comments ‘I was a block of ice when I arrived, now I am  water.’

Sound Meditation 2012
January 16, 2012

The back to school merchandise is appearing in shops as well as early easter novelties, so I thought it was time I started to promote the courses I am offering in the early part of 2012.

In this post I am focussing on the sound meditation sessions being offered as part of  The Basin Community House  program.

The four sessions are being held on Tuesday evenings 21st of February to the 13th of March from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.

The sessions provide an opportunity for relaxation, quiet reflection, the raising of self awareness and healing.

The sounds of healing bowls, rattles and a rain stick provide a focus for the mind during the meditation.

One participant has commented that the sounds of  particular bowls call her attention back if her mind becomes distracted.

Participants enjoy the different qualities of the sounds during the meditations.

Arlo gets to stay at home.

A theme is offered for each meditation session.

During Term 4 2011, the following themes were offered:

  • healing through visualising a white light
  • creating a tranquil, peaceful place engaging all the senses
  • the soundtrack of our lives where participants reflected on their personal associations with particular sounds or music
  • reflecting on participants’ scripts or stories about the Festive Season.

No prior experience of meditation practice is required to attend these sessions.

The course fee is $40.

The venue is The Basin Progress Hall situated on the corner of  Forest Rd. and Mountain Highway. There is ample parking behind the hall.

You will need to bring a pillow, mat to lie on, blanket and water bottle.

Contact The Basin Community House  Ph: 9761 0209 to enrol for the sessions.

Ph: 8711 8938 or email: ( if you would like to talk to me about the sound meditation sessions.

The Basin Community House also conducts Belly Dancing, Dog Grooming and Quigong/Taichi classes at The Basin Progress Hall. Check the Term 1 Program for further details.

Inspirational Beads – Sunday, 27th November 2011
November 28, 2011

‘The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society which honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.’ – Albert Einstein

The Beads

The Beads

The Resource Rosary:

The women sit, silent, their heads bowed over the question for which they are seeking inspiration and clarity.

The words come – tumbling out, rushing forward, slowly, painfully.

Each word is recorded without judgement or censure. Acceptance is the discipline.

There are words which really hit home and those which are a mystery.

A bead for each word is selected and added to the cord creating an object for meditation or contemplation.

The final word comes, the cord is knotted. It is done.

My Resource Rosary

My Resource Rosary

The Blessings Brooch:

Blessings for Christine – hope, love, courage, adventure,peace, good health.

Blessings for Christine

Blessings for Christine

The Inspirational Beads workshop was conducted by Ann Bidstrup of Heart Art.

Welcome – My first post
November 13, 2011

Welcome to my blog.

I gained the courage to join the blogosphere after a short workshop at The Mountain District Learning Centre in Ferntree Gully. Thanks Cath.

It will take a little while to get the hang of this.

I am writing this blog to promote my healing practice – Margaret Griffin – Pathways to Healing.

I will be posting information about:

  • groups I am offering at local community houses
  • the one to one services I offer
  • promotional events I am attending
  • information about reiki, art therapy, meditation and sound healing
  • information about the workshops or courses I attend for my own professional and personal development.

I will also be including examples of my own art work.

I plan to add a post every couple of weeks or so.

Thank you for joining me on my first step into the world of blogdom.