There are places and moments that you know you will return to in the future - maybe just in your mind. Findhorn is one of these places.
A remote community by an endless sandy beach, protected by smooth pebbles and a beard of trees, this is a place where people collect and find a way of ‘being’. But this is not a ‘being’ that is about ‘me’, more a discovery of the need to be more than just oneself. Here, the spirit is harnessed and nourished under the ever changing skies of this spiritual community, that attracts people from all around the world to share in the day to day work and explore their creative potential and spirituality.
Arriving at the community, there is a feeling that this is a place to settle as people go about their business. Community is more than just working together to provide and care for themselves and their guests, but embraces the human spirit which expresses itself in numerous ways – meditation, song, dance, gardening and creative ways to fulfil and develop the mind, body and spirit. Service to others is the core, but no chore, as there is little division between all activities, be they service to others or oneself.
Our visiting group met there to learn how to teach mediation under the guidance of Dr William Bloom. Gathering from the UK, Ireland, Spain and Canada, like fledgling birds attracted to the same nest, we found ourselves sharing a journey into stillness and self-discovery.
What did I learn?
This is a question that we frequently ask others and ourselves. But, I am not sure if there is a correct answer, or even an answer. If we continue to ask if we are doing something right or wrong, it suggests a goal and need for achievement – to arrive somewhere. Meditating is an experience as unique as each ripple in a pond or wave in the sea. It comes and goes, arrives and disperses, lands and evaporates, or just whispers its presence – as individual and timeless as those who are open to receive.
Our time in Findhorn was about time – time to sit still, to listen and hear and savour moments with awareness. Time to contemplate and learn about mysteries that may not be open to us, but are the reality of others. Time to learn from the wisdom and experience of William, who protected and led us with respect, compassion and wit. Time to laugh, cry and be silly too, creating memories with people we may not meet again, but know that they wish us well and will be with us as we travel forwards…
Thank you Findhorn