One of the first things you learn about Paganism is that you are supposed to get yourself a robe. There are no hard rules on clothing but you can use a robe for when it was too chilly to be in the buff. Many robes can be found online and mail-order catalogs. But what if that is not for you? What we put on our bodies, and the corresponding image that creates, holds a lot of power, and personally I couldn’t see myself being very powerful in a shapeless thing that would catch fire on candles.
Then comes this year's St Nick gift - a Prayer Shawl made by my nephew. A knitted blue beautiful piece. A shawl is a simple item of clothing, loosely worn over the shoulders, upper body and arms, and sometimes also over the head. It is usually a rectangular or square piece of cloth, that is often folded to make a triangle but can also be triangular in shape. Other shapes include oblong shawls. Shawls are used in order to keep warm, to complement a costume, and for symbolic reasons.
Pagan Prayer Shawls provide comfort and wrap you in the love and energy of the Goddess in a time of need. It is her arms we feel wrapped around us when we are rejoicing or when we are mourning; when we have succeeded, or when our knees have been scraped. Using dedicated ritual attire can be a boost to your practice.
When going into a meditation practice, it is helpful to do things to remind your body, mind, heart and soul that it is time. Prepare your meditation area, pillows, candles and whatever you use. Put on your meditation shawl. Do your meditation mantra and then close your session.
I wrap this shawl about me as the universe wraps its arms around me in love. It is a expression of my practice as I am an expression of the Divine. It is the yolk that holds me in this timeless blessing of peace.
Just Being: A Pagan Guide to Meditation By Shanddaramon