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Where I live in 80 Treasures….Rushton Triangular Lodge

Embarking on the quest to describe the area where I live by its “treasures”, it was always going to be a toss-up which treasure I would choose first. In the end, the weather played a part. During the early part of the day when it was raining I decided to paint the utility room. When it stopped raining however and showed signs of clearing up for a few hours, I hopped in the car and drove over to Rushton (20 mins away) to visit the Triangular Lodge now owned and maintained by English Heritage.

This building, constructed between 1594-6 is a unique testament to Thomas Tresham‘s Roman Catholic faith. The number 3, symbolising the Holy Trinity, is evident everywhere you look  and makes this strange and unusual triangular building a fascinating treasure.

As well as symbolising the Holy Trinity, the Lodge is decorated with the Tresham Family coat of arms featuring a group of trefoils. The number 3 taking pride of place yet again.

The middle gable on each side of the building  features a sundial but the other gables are decorated with religious symbols such as the seven-branched candlestick. The floors are 33 feet long a reference to Christ was 33 years old when he was crucified.

The views from the South-East front look out over extensive fields of rape towards Rushton Hall the main house on the estate.

Altogether a fascinating historical building with overriding religious connotations and whilst it doesn’t take long to view the external and internal features, the background information makes interesting reading.

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Loving-kindness meditations

I am learning to meditate but am finding it tricky. I find it difficult to clear my mind of all thoughts but am getting better. My favourite method of meditating is by listening to guided meditations. Stories spoken by experienced meditators and set to calming music. These are particularly effective at night when trying to go to sleep and also in the morning as an antidote to the mad world of business travel.

This week I have come across loving-kindness meditations, and find them easy to do and very effective. Here are some I found on ” the conscious life” website.

Loving-Kindness Meditation Part 1

 

Loving-Kindness Meditation Part 1 Extending Love & Kindness
to Yourself

  1. Begin the meditation by taking a few deep and slow breaths to relax yourself. If this is the first time you are meditating, you may want to read the guide, Mediation for Beginners first to pick up some tips on how to breathe with greater awareness.
  2. Read out the following lines, softly or silently, to yourself:May I be strong and healthy,
    May I be clear and free,
    May I live with love and compassion,
    May I awaken to the pure light I used to be.
     

    Explanation:
    May I have a strong and healthy body to carry out my missions and responsibilities,
    May I have a clear and free mind that is free from distortions and attachments,
    May I hear, speak, think and act with love and compassion,
    May I awaken to my true nature and be the pure light that I once used to be.

  3. Feel the words as you’re saying, instead of reciting them mechanically. Repeat the blessing for 5 times or as long as you like.
  4. After you’ve finished the blessing, imagine a pure white light growing from your heart. It begins as a pin-sized white dot and grows larger and larger until it surrounds you in an energy field filled with peace, love and compassion. Stay in this glowing energy field for as long as you like.

Loving-Kindness Meditation Part 2

 

Loving-Kindness Meditation Part 2 Extending Love & Kindness
to All Beings

  1. Now imagine someone that you know is sitting in front of you: a loved one, a fellow colleague or a friend. A person you know that is currently going through a tough time also makes a good candidate to send your blessing to.
  2. Recite the following verses, softly or silently, to him or her. Substitute the * below with the name of the person you’ve in mind.May * be strong and healthy,
    May * be clear and free,
    May * live with love and compassion,
    May * awaken to the pure light he/she used to be.
  3. Feel the words you’re saying and repeat them for 5 times or as long as you like.
  4. When you’ve finished reciting the blessing, once again imagine a pure white light growing from your heart. This time around, the light flows from your heart and envelops the recipient in an energy field of peace, love and compassion. Your light opens up the pure light from the person’s heart, creating a bigger, synergistic light that surrounds the two of you. See in your mind how the twice-as-strong white light is making the recipient as well as you calmer, happier and more relaxed. Hold this image in your mind for as long as you want.
  5. If you wish, you can also add as many people that you’d like to send your blessing to as you can accommodate in your field of loving energy. Be clear about who they are, how they look like, and how they are enjoying the shower of blessings. Each time you add one more person, the energy field extends stronger and bigger.

Loving-Kindness Meditation Part 3

 

Loving-Kindness Meditation Part 3 Extending Love & Kindness
to Someone You Don’t Know

  1. Now you’ll extend your blessing to all beings — humans, animals, insects and plants; known and unknown living things; those in the air, in the sea and on the land; the tiny, in the middle and the really big ones; the newly born, sick and dying ones; those that are happy, neglected, fearful and depressed.
  2. Focus on your heart, read out the following verses, softly or silently, to all beings, far and near.May all beings be strong and healthy,
    May all beings be clear and free,
    May all beings live with love and compassion,
    May all beings awaken to the pure light they used to be.
  3. Feel the words you’re saying and repeat them for 5 times or as long as you like.
  4. As you finished the blessing, imagine time and space fade away. You are united with all beings and all are surrounded by a brilliant healing light of love and compassion that stretches across time and space. Hold this image in your mind for as long as you want.