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Welcome to nudge #17. We're rocking it.
Since ancient times hand-stacked stones have been used as landmarks and signs. Found all over the world stone stacks have also been built for ceremonial, astronomical and protective purposes. Known as a cairn, which comes from a Scottish Gaelic word, in Mongolia they are called an ovoo, in Hawaii they are called ahu, in Italy they are ometto and in Canada they are known as inuksuk.
Stone stacking or balancing stones is an active meditation. It focuses the mind and is calming, grounding and harmonising.
Here is a nudge to help calm your mind and create the space for greater balance from within. Balance a pile of stones. Use a handful of stones that you might already have or gather them from your local environment - or do this exercise while out on a nature walk, at the beach or in your local park. This experience can take as long as you like. Allow the stones to stack free-form without any bonding material such as glue. Once you build your stack, you can rearrange the stones in other ways too, to see how they hold up or to see which layer order feels the most harmonised to you.
A note, stones that are super shiny tend to slip off one another. Stones that appear matt, or have a rougher surface give more grip. River rocks and stones are brilliant for this!
To remind yourself that you can create greater balance in your life from within, take a photo of your stacked stones, then use the pic as your screen saver or wallpaper on your phone or computer.
I'd love to see your hand-stacked stones!
If you give the nudge a go, comment below or be a part of the conversation on my Facebook Page. If you share your stacked-stones via Twitter or Instagram use the tag #creativenudgefridays so we can find you.
Create on, Jelena x
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Permission is granted to share this post and images within it freely on the condition that the author is credited and this byline is included. Jelena Mrkich is an Artist, Art Therapist and Creative Catayst who is passionate about creativity as a tool for healing, transformation and self-awareness. For more info visit JelenaMrkich.com or for regular creative good things join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.