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“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.” ~ C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul
Perhaps the simplest way to put it is that wholeness is an experience, a process, a journey, and also a trait of your innermost Self. We are dealing with the world of paradox here where two seemingly opposing states can both be true. As humans, we are innately flawed, imperfect, and ‘broken.’ Yet at the same time, we contain within us a deeper essence (that goes beyond the ego) that is whole and complete. Can you see the paradox here? Wholeness is a trait of your innermost Being and therefore, it’s also an experience you can have in moments of silence, stillness, contemplation, and present moment awareness. Furthermore, wholeness is a process and therefore a journey because in order to experience it, we need to slowly dismantle the layers shrouding that inner whole core.
Did you know that wholeness and holiness are connected? Holy comes from the Old English word hālig, which means “whole, healthy, entire, and complete.” So to be whole means to be holy. Wholeness is holiness and this is why when we have a direct experience of our wholeness it tends to feel like a mystical experience of awe, gratitude, love, and reverie.
Meditation For Wholeness
Now find a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. Begin by bringing your awareness to your breath. Notice yourself breathing in and breathing out. Notice the quality of your breath – whether your breath is deep or shallow, fast or slow. Bring your breath to a comforting rhythm. Take a few moments to bring yourself to your body and to the present moment with your breath. Imagine with your out breath all that burdens you birthed out into the air to dissipate and with the in breath imagine divine white light entering your vessel to cleanse your body.
Now use your imagination, your mind’s eye, and imagine a leaf in your hand. Notice the size, the shape, the weight, the texture of the leaf. Reflect on how this small leaf contains the life force of a mighty oak tree. Reflect on how tough and resilient this small leaf must be in order to survive the fall to the ground, the elements of sun, rain, wind, or snow, and the animals and bugs that will try to consume it. Just like an leaf that has everything it needs to decompose into the earth once more, you have everything within you to become your full self. Inside of yourself is a whole and complete you that has always been there. It is the wise and resilient part of you that may have become hidden or obscured by the darkness of life, waiting for the right moment to crack open and emerge. See if you can look into yourself now and find that seed, that life force. Allow yourself to touch it, to feel it, to hold on to it and be grounded by it. Allow yourself to give it the care, nurture, and patience that it needs to unfold into your mighty self.
Now come back to the awareness of your eternal and guiding breath. We will leave the image of the leaf for now. You can come back to this imagery whenever you need to. Notice yourself breathing in and breathing out. Notice if anything has changed for you since the beginning of this activity. Continue meditating for prefered. Now gently open your eyes and bring yourself back to this room.
We hope this meditation will help you on your journey to finding the wholeness within. Let us know what types of meditations aid you..