Archive for March, 2012

31
Mar
12

3.31.12 … “This is a space dedicated to sacred use.”

“Solvitur ambulanto” … It is solved by walking.2012 Lenten Labyrinth Walks:

“This is a space dedicated to sacred use.” Canker worms … pollen included?

Kicking through puddles and piles of pollen and bright green canker worms.

Cool rain but warm temp … walking in shorts.

Prayer: Be still and know that I am God.

Great walk. (no picture today … forgot my phone!)

3.31.12

29
Mar
12

3.29.12 … humble and beautiful…

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, South Tryon Community Church-Charlotte NC, 2012 Lenten Labyrinth Walks:

A very humble and beautiful Chartres!

22
Mar
12

3.22.12 … “Having spoken with people who benefited from the healing, focus, spiritual meditation and peace of mind engendered by walking a labyrinth, she searched for a way to bring this source of peace to her community“

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking.

Today’s labyrinth walk is at the McCrorey YMCA.

Before my Lenten undertaking I would have said it was my least favorite of the local labyrinths. That’s changed … I have found something to love about each. But before my undertaking I did not like the painted ones … painted on concrete slabs …

This one is unique … It has an African American theme.

A little background …

“Having spoken with people who benefited from the healing, focus, spiritual meditation and peace of mind engendered by walking a labyrinth, she searched for a way to bring this source of peace to her community. She sought help in bringing her vision to fruition, reaching to the people she had always served and to other community leaders with whom she had worked.”

http://www.almetto.org/

3.22.

20
Mar
12

3.20.12 … weeds and wrestling with God …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2012 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, St. Mark’s UMC- Belmont NC, , Ash Wednesday – 2.22.2012 to Easter – 4.8.2012:

Today I walked St. Mark’s UMC in Belmont. As I drove up I was thinking how wonderful that the UMC has embraced the labyrinth movement.St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is a country church and relatively new (1955) in a small old mill town with some very elegant older churches.

However, I couldn’t find the labyrinth.

I peeked around every corner hoping to find it tucked in a little garden.Then I thought maybe they were redoing it. There was construction going on …As a last ditch effort I walked over to their tired and weedy basketball area .. And there it was. You never know what you will get …

As I walked I heard vicious barking dogs in the background.

The labyrinth is 1/4 painted concrete and 3/4 painted asphalt and there were weeds. There will be a lesson here I can tell.

Did I mention it was really HOT on the asphalt. A few dead worms and splattered with bird poo …

And there was a yard crew working … Noisy.

So I started my prayers and devotionals: Serenity prayer, Story of Jacob wrestling with God, Story of Ruth, Story of Namaan and Elisha.

So in the end, I acknowledged my sin of pride and thanked God for giving me the opportunity to be cleansed in the Jordan … I was certainly dripping wet!

Thank you, St. Mark’s for your gift of this labyrinth.

3.20.12

18
Mar
12

3.18.12 … yet also: be still …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2012 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, The Jack Matney Memorial Labyrinth Courtyard/Presbyterian Hospital – Charlotte NC:

A few notes on my walk at Presbyterian Hospital.

This is an outdoor walk in a interior courtyard. It is painted concrete modeled on Chartres.

I usually don’t like the painted ones as much but I made an effort to enjoy the artistry today.

the inscription on the wall says: “yet also: be still … for healing most likely whispers.”

The worms were out. 🙂

There were puddles on the walk so I left footprints.

Pebbles from an adjacent garden had encroached on the walk so I began removing them … Like moving small burdens over to God.

Nice walk. Only the second time to walk this one.

3.18.12

12
Mar
12

3.12.12 … my first beach labyrinth attempt …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2012 Lenten Labyrinth Walks:

Well, today I attempted to draw the Chartres labyrinth in the sand. Attempted … But the wind destroyed it before I could get it done. So tomorrow I will try again and finish. Absolutely gorgeous day here. 🙂

09
Mar
12

3.9.12 … “When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives, the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say, ‘Here, I guess, since this is where I am.’” – Barbara Brown Taylor

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2012 Lenten Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden @ Hobart Park, Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Alter in he World, moss cross, kith/kin:

I walked at my college today in Hobart’s Park where the Park was updated and rededicated in memory of a classmate Ed Goode. Ann Gibert, a fellow Atlantan and Davidsonian, met me for this walk and pointed out the moss cross, something I would have never noticed.

Friends immediately jumped on the pics from this walk. One pointed out the the ”incredible picture with the moss and the brick!” Barbara W, RA and Elizabeth all commented on my walk and said they would seek them in their communities. Barbara noted that Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, An Altar in the World, references walking labyrinths in one chapter.

I searched for several quotes that I like.

“Solviture Ambulando—it is solved by walking—said Augustine of Hippo, one of the earliest theologians of the Christian Church. What is “it” you ask? If you want to find out, you have to do your own walking.” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World. (New York: HarperOne), 61.

And Barbara Brown Taylor writes in her section “The Practice of Walking on the Earth,”

“This truth is born out by the labyrinth – – an ancient spiritual practice that is enjoying a renaissance in the present century. For those who have never seen one, a labyrinth is a kind of maze. Laid out in a perfect circle with a curling path inside, it rarely comes with walls. Instead, it trusts those who enter it to stay on the path voluntarily. This path they be outlined with hand-placed stones out-of-doors or painted right on the floor indoors. Either way, it includes switchbacks and detours, just like life. It has one entrance, and it leads to one center.

The important thing to note is that the path goes nowhere. You can spend an hour on it and end up 12 feet from where you begin. The journey is the point. The walking is a thing.” (Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World, 51)

“”Most of us spend so much time thinking about where we have been or where we are supposed to be going that we have a hard time recognizing where we actually are. When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives, the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say, “Here, I guess, since this is where I am.” (Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World, 56.)

I was reminded that I had heard BBT speak at Davidson last month and asked her to sign the page where she begins her discussion of labyrinths! I , too, thought it a great book.

Blessings from the path!

3.9.12

And I just thought this interesting:

Tweet of the morning …

Library of Congress (@librarycongress)

3/9/12 7:21 AM

Happy birthday, Amerigo Vespucci! In 1507 Martin Waldseemüller honored the explorer by naming a continent after him. 1.usa.gov/UxOJ6




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