tuesday photo challenge: stones

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Stone:  Symbol of being, of cohesion, of harmonious reconciliation with one’s self. The stone when whole tells of unity and strength; when shattered it symbolizes psychic disintegration.

Seven Stones:

  • The first stone: become acquainted with the intrinsic power within generosity, gratitude, compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and sympathetic joy. Use their inherent strength to abandon detrimental mental qualities and experience the subsequent easing of suffering.
  • The second stone: familiarize yourself with the inherent strength within intention; that is, each morning define for yourself a small goal to strive for that day with the knowledge that the characteristics of each daily intention accumulates and formulates the meaning and purpose of your life.
  • The third stone: introduce yourself to the innate vitality of acquaintance with the knowledge of and experience with a presence that transcends your ego and nourishes your divine “I”-in-self.
  • The fourth stone: feel the influence within the natural aspect of prayer that releases the consequential merit of your actions, speech, and thoughts to the benefit all living beings.
  • The fifth stone: know the innate authority of remorse that directs you to acknowledge when specific action, speech, and thought are incongruent with personal moral and guiding principles, to set forth the intention to not repeat the offense, and to release detrimental thoughts, including regret, shame, guilt, resentment, justifications, rationalizations.  Feel the release of being freed from an abusive ego and to a self-centered attitude that has the inclination to neglect others.
  • The sixth stone: gift yourself the eloquence within simple acts of kindness absent of expectation: release your merit; share your talent, expertise, or knowledge; surrender your wants for another’s need; greet each person with a half smile.
  • The seventh stone: be attentive to the influence present within a daily mindfulness practice that acquaints you to a state of tranquil single-pointed concentration.

(cited: Meditative Journey with Saldage, B Catherine Koeford)

11 Comments

  1. Nice description of stones. I did not realize they symbolized unity and strength, but that makes sense. It was the first time I heard of the seven stones.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit and posting your thoughts. “The Dictionary of Symbols” by J.E. Cirlot is one of my favorite reference books, after Crowell’s Thesaurus. :). The seven stones came from my past studies of Buddhism.

  2. I have never thought about it like that until I read it, but I think your description of stones is very good: “Symbol of being, of cohesion, of harmonious reconciliation with one’s self. The stone when whole tells of unity and strength; when shattered it symbolizes psychic disintegration.”
    – especially the second sentence.

    1. I must attribute this to J.E. Cirlot’s work. “The Dictionary of Symbols” which was found in a discount bin at Barnes & Noble.

    1. Yes…the gentle touch of rain and wind in time changes the stone and even the softest of moss/lichen will “break through.” Thank you for this reminder.

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