Written in Stone

Today my mother and I headed up north to Makawao to visit the Sacred Garden of Maliko.  After we walked the labyrinths, we toured the botanical garden and I was most interested in stones and Buddhas. (Don’t worry, a blog post with my Buddha statue photos is forthcoming!)

There were so many beautiful stones with inspiring messages like these (and BTW, I LOVE collecting these types of stones):

20130615_111327Then this stone in particular caught my eye:

IMG_20130615_161705I love the way this stone does what it says isn’t so. I resonate with the dissonant humor of this stone and the way it kind of topples me over.

It made me think of another possible engraved stone saying:

“Anything can be written in stone. If you don’t like what’s written anymore, write something new and toss the old stone in the ocean.”

Think of how the ocean would be filled stones with messages with what doesn’t fit anymore; what no longer serves; and what once was, but need not be now.

If you were to write a message or saying or word on a stone that represented something that you wish to release, what would it be?

Mine might look like this:

stonesWhat could you write in stone and then release into the ocean (or lake or river) so you don’t feel the heaviness of carrying these stones anymore?  Imagine your “worry rock” skipping across the lake before finding its new home in the land of algae and sand. I think instead of imagining this process, we should each try it. Join me in tossing some stones?



About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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One Response to Written in Stone

  1. Mary Oak says:

    THis reminds me of the poet John Keats epitaph:”My name is writ on water”

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