A Heart of Stone
The earth beneath our feet has been formed by intense fire and immense pressure, forged upon the anvil of time into the beautiful, natural world we see today. It can however, at times, also be challenging due to the hand of ‘Man’ and our relentless need to mould of nature to our will. Green spaces, that once gave us an oasis of calm, have become concrete walls that trap us, closing us in both mentally (the head) as well as emotionally (the heart).
However, it is still possible to find ourselves in an exquisitely peaceful space, if we just remember that it is there and take steps to return there. Through mindful awareness, self analysis and either visualisation or physical steps to return to nature, we are all be able to find emotional and psychological healing.
Through ‘A Heart of Stone’, we intend on bringing small ‘mindful moments’ to your day.
We decided, and it was in part inspired by a Facebook ‘movement’ called Harrogate Rock Hunt, we started to paint small rocks and stones with symbols that, to us had an deep underlying meaning.
Human beings for millennia have been carving and painting rocks in a way that both worships the earth around them as well as connects the to their fellow ‘Man’. Each image or symbols described their connection to the planet and we felt that the act of marking a small stone from the very earth that we stood on had the potential to provide a powerful message to the finder/ seeker.
Each marked symbol has a corresponding message and each snippet has a link that takes the finder to more information about the symbol, insight/ commentary on the triggered subject matter and techniques for finding calm (e.g. Mindfulness) or links to other sites and information on personal development.
While we started out doing this alone, we felt that ‘everyone’ should have the chance to be part of this movement and to share present moment awareness, the love of the natural world and because we have a desire to make the world a healthier and happier place to live, we encourage everyone to take part.
If you want to take part here are the basics:
- Firstly, you take a rock that you find and one that ‘feels’ right to you. The shape and size is up to you, but something that can be carried around as a reminder to be ‘mindful’, etc. would be a good way to spread the message.
- You then choose one of the symbols from the list here: