The Lynwood Fellowship

For Spiritual & Metaphysical Studies

Registered Charity 287430

Meditations - Opportunities to Reflect

Each meditation is designed for occasional or daily meditations or contemplations and they consist of four parts that can be used together or separately, in order to give greater scope and flexibility.

There is a photograph. This can be used on its own, to give a starting point for thoughts and reflections. They were taken in different locations at different times of the year, showing both the natural and man-made aspects of the environment, sometimes in close-up, sometimes as a scene. Then there is a word. This word will relate to the photograph either directly or indirectly. However, you have a choice to use the word in conjunction with the photograph or to use the word by itself. Then you’ll find a thesaurus section. This enables you to choose a different word, though usually similar to the main one. It gives variation and subtle nuance in its meaning and expression, and enables you to take a fresh approach to each card many times. Finally, if you click through to read more, there is a piece of writing by myself. This will reflect some of my thoughts on the choice of word and photograph. You are at will to think about these personal thoughts or disregard them altogether.

I hope you will find these “meditation cards” useful and interesting, a change and a stimulus to your times of contemplation and meditation.

Mike Doig

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Harbour

Thesaurus: port, marina, haven, waterfront, anchorage, shelter, place of safety, sanctuary, accommodate, shield, protect, nurse, cling to.

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Black

Thesaurus: lampblack, ivory black, Indian ink, dark, dirty, dismal, foul, malignant, horrible, evil, night, dusky, dark pigmentation, charred, mourning, black-tie, blackout, blacklist, blackmail, black sheep, Black Death, black ice, Black Stone, blackberry, black magic, black economy, black as a tinker’s pot, blackball.

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Rest

Thesaurus: relax, ease, take a break, holiday, interval, breathing space, halt, unwind, recharge one’s batteries, support, repose, sleep, snooze, depend, be positioned, remainder, residue, surplus.

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Front

Thesaurus: foremost part, face, façade, exterior, foreground, foreword, prelude, front line, battleground, leading position, priority, vanguard, pioneer, avant-garde, demeanor, public face, cover, disguise, smokescreen, part facing the sea, weather front.

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Stillness

Thesaurus: quiescence, motionlessness, passivity, placid, repose, silence, hush, peacefulness, calm, at rest, unstirring, inactive, stationary, serene, undisturbed, tranquility.

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Seaside

Thesaurus: shore, coast, beach, sands, shingle, strand, water’s edge, lido, pleasure ground.

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Cemetery

Thesaurus: graveyard, burial ground, necropolis, churchyard, catacombs, boneyard, God’s Acre, garden of rest or remembrance.

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Balance

Thesaurus: stability, equilibrium, steadiness, impartiality, fairness, symmetry, counteract, residue, compare, scales.

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Brown

Thesaurus: bistre, sepia, ochre, raw and burnt sienna, raw and burnt umber, Vandyke brown, tobacco, chocolate, toffee, hazel, mahogany, walnut, brunette, sear, singe, toasted, swarthy, suntan, brown as a berry, Brown Owl, Brownie, Brownshirt, browned off, brown fat, brown bread, brown rice.

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Consideration

Thesaurus: courtesy, respect, benevolence, quid pro quo, thoughtfulness, caring, taking into account, attention, estimate, reward.

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Rubbish

Thesaurus: waste, refuse, trash, spoilage, debris, litter, junk, garbage, flotsam and jetsam, criticise, find fault, disparage, besmirch, nonsense, claptrap, drivel, gobbledegook, twaddle, boloney.

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Transformation

Thesaurus: change, alteration, modification, metamorphosis, sea change, transfiguration, reorganisation, renewal, transmutation, conversion, revolution.

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Acceptance

Thesaurus: receptivity, welcome, assent, consent, acquiescence, compliance, compromise, adoption, forbearance, belief, trust, faith, confirmation, undertaking.

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Perspective

Thesaurus: proportional view, vista, distance, depth, convergent view, outlook, interpretation, stance, approach, aspect, relative position, frame of reference, spatial distribution, in ratio.

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Character

Thesaurus: personality, temperament, nature, mentality, reputation, type, sort, essence, quality, integrity, identity, spirit, uniqueness, trait, non-conformist, eccentric, theatrical part, letter, sign, symbol, figure.

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Green

Thesaurus: emerald, jade, viridian, lime, moss, mint, olive, avocado, pea- green, bottle-green, Lincoln green, sea-green, chartreuse, loden, vert, chlorophyll, unripe, immature, inexperienced, gullible, pale sickly, envy, jealousy, grassy, verdant, supple, pliable, ecological, environmental, village green, Green Party, green fingers, green light, go, Green Man, Green Beret.

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Memorial

Thesaurus: monument, cenotaph, plaque, cairn, shine, mausoleum, tribute, remembrance, gravestone, memento, commemoration.

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Orange

Thesaurus: citrus fruit, Seville, navel orange, clementine, mandarin, tangerine, Mars orange, cadmium orange, old gold, marmalade, orangery, orange juice, orangeade, Orange Order, House of Orange.

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Signs

Thesaurus: signature, seal, mark, emblem, cipher, endorse, portent, miracle, omen, indication, warning, signal, foghorn, siren, gesture, wink, gesticulate, recruit, hire, enlist.

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Tolerance

Thesaurus: patience, acceptance, passive consent, broadmindedness, open-mindedness, liberality, sufferance, forbearance, calmness, understanding, endurance, forgiveness, variation.

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Construction

Thesaurus: building, putting up, establishment, erection, assembly, arrangement, structure, creation, composition, fabrication, interpretation, meaning.

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History

Thesaurus: past, bygone days, olden times, antiquity, days of yore, chronicle, record, account, archive, background, life story.

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Concrete

Thesaurus: substantial, real, solid, tangible, definite, physical, material, visible, firm, positive, genuine, bona fide, specific.

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Red

Thesaurus: stop, danger, alizarin, scarlet, crimson, burgundy, vermilion, carmine, madder, cerise, rose, dragon’s blood, ruby, garnet, cochineal, hot, angry, blush, ruddy, bloodshot, ginger, red herring, Communist, red card, red tape, red-light district, Red Cross, red carpet, redneck, in the red, red blooded, red ensign.

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Decay

Thesaurus: decomposition, breakdown, erosion, crumble, decline, perish, rot, deteriorate, go to pot.

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White

Thesaurus: flake white, titanium white, zinc white, Chinese white, bleach, pale, white as a sheet, albino, pure, moral, virginal, innocent, snow, chalk, marble, ivory, milky, Caucasian, fresh, spotless, White House, white stick, white hot, white feather, white elephant, white noise, white flag, white magic, white lie, White Paper, White Ensign, white goods, whitewash.

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Conscience

Thesaurus: knowing, awareness, warning, moral sense, ethics, principles, beliefs, innermost thought, inner voice, sense of right and wrong, scruples, fairness, ‘still small voice’, prisoner of conscience, conscientious objector.

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Grey

Thesaurus: Payne’s grey, gunmetal, slate, colourless, neutral, drab, cold, somber, murky, ashen, ambiguous, dull, overcast, tedious, monotonous, boring, unremarkable, the Greys, grey hair, pepper and salt, greyhound, grey economy, Grey Friar.

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Shelter

Thesaurus: refuge, asylum, retreat, temple, dwelling, sanctuary, haven, protect, defend, safeguard, cover, shield, screen, secret place.

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Death

Thesaurus: demise, passing, eternal rest, extinction, destruction, decay, end, non-existence, obliteration, elimination, the Grim Reaper.

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Pathway

Thesaurus: path, trail, track, passage, direction, course, approach, strategy, sequence of changes or events, progression.

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Support

Thesaurus: sustain, strengthen, endorse, validate, reinforce, maintain, assist, hearten, champion, brace, underpinning, look after.

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Pattern

Thesaurus: motif, design, composition, structure, form, model, example, prototype, decoration, arrangement, uniformity, plan, rule.

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Roots

Thesaurus: embedded or basal part, foundations, source, beginnings, nub, essence, ancestors, heritage, homeland, community, searches, pokes about, etymology, applaud, encourage, rootstock, bulbs, rhizomes, tubers, corms.

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Water

Thesaurus: H2O, Adam’s ale, river, sea, ocean, lake, steam, ice, rain, snow, wet, moisten, sprinkle, irrigate, saturate, hydrate, dilute, moderate, weaken, water down.

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Power

Thesaurus: might, strength, energy, ability, capacity, potential, authority, control, forcefulness, capacity, influence, charisma, vigour, competence, eloquence, dominance, mastery, nation, grunt.

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Endeavour

Thesaurus: attempt, try for, pursue, struggle, toil, apply oneself, effort, undertaking, plan, venture, enterprise, application, scheme, project.

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Yellow

Thesaurus: sunshine, lemon, canary, gamboge, cadmium yellow, Naples yellow, yellow ochre, buttercup, daffodil, honey, blonde, flaxen, gild, sallow, unhealthy, jaundice, yellow fever, sulphur, cowardly, yellow streak, yellow-belly, yellow peril, Yellow Pages, yellow lines, yellow flag.

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Mistake

Thesaurus: error, slip, gaffe, blunder, wrong impression, omission, oversight, misunderstand, misjudge, misinterpretation, wrong end of the stick, barking up the wrong tree.

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Temple

Thesaurus: House of God, holy place, church, mosque, synagogue, shrine, sanctuary, cathedral, place of worship, forehead, brow.

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Frosty

Thesaurus: cold, freezing, ice crystals, rime, hoarfrost, ground frost, verglas, Jack Frost, frostbite, make opaque, frosted glass, stiffness, coldness, unfriendly.

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Cliff

Thesaurus: precipice, rock face, bluff, escarpment, scar, scarp, steep, crag, ridge, stack, overhang, gorge, ravine.

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Protection

Thesaurus: safeguard, preservation, defence, loving care, conservation, guardianship, screen, restriction, insurance, precaution, cover, armour, shelter, barrier.

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Bridge

Thesaurus: viaduct, aqueduct, flyover, overpass, link, connection, bond, cross, span, arch over, join, straddle, connect, unite, reconcile.

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Drain

Thesaurus: empty, void, extract, remove, filter, evacuate, cleanse, draw off, eliminate, clearance, flow, bleed, deplete, exhaust, fatigue, sink, ditch, gutter, sewer.

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Reflection

Thesaurus: mirror image, likeness, refraction, shine, glisten, hindsight, thoughtfulness, symbolic, observation.

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Gold

Thesaurus: bright, happy, bullion, gold bar, coin, solid gold, gold reserve, winner, first, gold medal, gold star, golden boy/girl, crock of gold, golden oldie, gold standard, golden wedding, golden mean, gold digger, golden age, Golden Fleece, golden touch, golden handshake, golden calf, golden hello, good as gold.

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Texture

Thesaurus: feel, touch, appearance, finish, surface, pattern, substance.

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Urchin

Thesaurus: hedgehog, sea-urchin, hunchback, elf or imp, mischievous child, waif, rascal, whippersnapper, ragamuffin, mudlark, nipper, little monkey.

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Darkness

Thesaurus: blackness, night, pitch black, murk, gloom, dusk, twilight, gloaming, mysterious, obscure, unsure, unsafe, shadow, evil, wickedness, iniquity, immorality.

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Blue

BLUE
Thesaurus: sky-blue, azure, aquamarine, turquoise, indigo, sapphire, navy, ultramarine, cobalt, Prussian blue, cerulean, woad, lapis lazuli, depressed, sad, fed up, honour: Cambridge/Oxford blue, pornographic, erotic, risqué, blue language, blue film, blue blood, blue-stocking.

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