once upon a time | nested meditation

...I see myself at crossroads in my life, mapless, lacking bits of knowledge - then, the Moon breaks through, lights up the path before me...
— john geddes, a familar rain

from July 2004:

This is a technique that was shared with my writing workshop group this week. It is called Nested Meditation. I will share what I wrote and then give the instructions that were sent to me.

May you live all the days of your life.

May you live. All the days of your life will be filled with beauty.

May you live. All the days of your life will be filled. With beauty, you will walk toward the horizon.

May you live. All the days of your life will be filled. With beauty, you will walk. Toward the horizon, you will fix your gaze and continue walking.

May you live. All the days of your life will be filled. With beauty, you will walk. Toward the horizon, you will fix your gaze. And continue walking to find more grace.

May you live. All the days of your life will be filled. With beauty, you will walk. Toward the horizon, you will fix your gaze. And continue walking to find more. Grace and mercy will paint the sky.

May you live. All the days of your life will be filled. With beauty, you will walk. Toward the horizon, you will fix your gaze. And continue walking to find more. Grace and mercy will paint. The sky will burst forth with vibrant colors of love.

RULES for NESTED MEDITATION

All you need is quiet time, a willingness to start with a single line from present awareness, and a playful approach to words.

The rules:

Each stanza after the first is a repetition of the exact words that came before with a single line added. Shifts in direction occur through double meanings, punctuation changes or hyphenations.

Tune in to whatever threads of awareness are in your mind. Allow your mind to meander and write down a few lines that are rising to the top.

Play with the words and have a good time.

The goal is not to produce masterpieces, but to mine the ordinary moments of our lives for nuggets they contain.

The repetition reveals surprising thoughts and ideas that had never been revealed. The power of repetitiion is seen in our daily lives as we play out our cycles only to one day go "A ha I now see the meaning or the sacred."

Often in nested meditation, a shift occurs when we least expect it or we begin moving in a different direction.

Nested meditation is a power tool.


I am exploring a new path.

I am exploring. A new path
unfolds before me. 

I am exploring. A new path
unfolds. Before me, 
the ancients of old walked this sacred ground.

I am exploring. A new path
unfolds. Before me,
the ancients of old walked. This sacred ground
forever holds the mysterious way.

I am exploring. A new path
unfolds. Before me, 
the ancients of old walked. This sacred ground
forever holds the mysterious. Way
beyond my knowing, a light beckons me onward.

I am exploring. A new path
unfolds. Before me, 
the ancients of old walked. This sacred ground
forever holds the mysterious. Way
beyond my knowing, a light beckons me. Onward, 
each step takes me further along while closer to myself.

I am exploring. A new path
unfolds. Before me, 
the ancients of old walked. This sacred ground
forever holds the mysterious. Way
beyond my knowing, a light beckons me. Onward,
each step takes me further. While closer to myself, 
I discover wisdom within.