Coming Full Circle
As I’ve mentioned before, I love the symbol of the circle. When we stand consciously in our lives, we are always at the centre, and the world always encircles us wherever we are. Many Native American groups used the circle as a key symbol: the Lakota stated that the Power of the world always moved in circles. In nature, the circle (and the spiral) are common patterns.
This month I’m co-facilitating a wonderful event, Sacred Circularities, a day long urban retreat focused on the contemplative power of the circle. I’m leading some journaling exercises and a labyrinth walk. My co-facilitators will be exploring meditative hoop dance, and sharing the amazing sound healing experience of a gong bath. I do hope that if you are in the area you’ll consider joining us… it is going to be a powerful day of self-care through movement and sound!
A specific journaling technique using the circle in another way is called, fittingly enough, a Circle Journal. This is a project which can incorporate scrapbooking or art techniques, or simply consist of writing, depending on your preferences. Using a nice blank book, create a group of friends who would like to keep in touch, and mail a journal back and forth, creating pages on particular themes that you’ve agreed upon. It can deepen friendship, be a source of amusement, entertain and comfort. Make sure the circle of friends are equally committed so that the journal doesn’t languish in one place for too long. It’s a fun, creative way of keeping in touch and acknowledging the circles of friendship. For a more detailed look at Circle Journaling, try this article at Paper Craft Central. Lots of info and illustrations to inspire!
I hope that the circle will inspire you today — try playing with the concept in your writing, or even literally, with a hula hoop or a bubble wand — enjoy the great summer weather with a little circular celebration!