Almost Wordless: Nature Mandala + Other Delights from a Recent Retreat

Nature Mandala
Nature Mandala

I’m low on words and high on beauty after teaching a retreat on spiritual practices yesterday with a lovely group on Lake Texoma. The nature mandala alone literally took my breath away when I walked by and saw what they had created.

I love helping people tap in deep to their senses and play around with new spiritual practices. So often we treat this part of our lives very seriously. Increasingly I feel like G*d, the universe, the Big Love, whatever we shall call it , is a trickster. Popping up in expected ways and places.

At the retreat I talked about the importance of considering both weekly and daily rhythms, as well as the practices which are part of your regular routine and other ones you use as a “quick fix” to reset your day. Here are some examples:

Mind in a Jar Meditation
Ever feel like you have blender brain? A surprisingly fun and interactive meditation called Mind in a Jar.
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Each participant selected a feather to take home as a reminder that so often we are harsh when it is meeting ourselves with compassion + kindness which allows us to grow.

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How to dismantle a nature mandala? By hurling it into the lake of course!

Where is the sacred popping into your life in a playful form?

How might you hold your growing edges with a light touch today?

Wishing for you a week full of the good!

Courtney

PS I’m having lots of fun teaching these days and would welcome an opportunity to come and speak with your group, big or small. You can read more details on my newly revamped webpage on teaching + retreats or check out my autocalendar to schedule a conversation at your convenience (choose the “complementary conversation — speaking or teaching opportunity” option.) xo

An “Almost Wordless” post is my name for one with lots of pictures and a few words or a question.This reflection was crafted last week upon my return from retreating.

Photo Oct 01, 12 56 17 PMCourtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three young children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at cp@courtneypinkerton.com.

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