2.14.14 … The Labyrinth allows you to “put feet on your prayers, ” and experience a walking meditation that connects mind, body, and spirit …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks,  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Greensboro NC:
I have to tell you, I heard about this labyrinth three years ago at the labyrinth conference at Avondale  Presbyterian Church. There were members of their Labyrinth Keepers Guild at the conference. At the time, I was new to labyrinths and I had never heard of a labyrinth keepers guild.
“A labyrinth is a divine imprint that is found in various forms in all religious traditions around the world. A labyrinth has only one path, so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The pathway in is the same as the pathway out. The labyrinth becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives, and a metaphor for our spiritual journey. A walk through the labyrinth touches our sorrows and releases our joys.
The Labyrinth Keepers are an ecumenical group dedicated to providing education and opportunities for people to experience transformation through walking the Labyrinth.
The Labyrinth allows you to “put feet on your prayers, ” and experience a walking meditation that connects mind, body, and spirit. Labyrinth Keepers lead a Prayer Walk the third Monday of each month, 12:15 – 1 p.m. “

Well, the Labyrinth Keepers have done an excellent job.  The first thing I noticed as I entered the garden were the chines in the two large oak trees.
The labyrinth is a full Chartres and is made of stone pavers.  The labyrinth centers a stone garden which contains a columbarium wall.  The pavers are sublet colors.
The labyrinths center contains what  looks like a a repurposed baptismal font as a fountain. There are small benches in each of the petals of the center.  This labyrinth  is very intentional as is the one at Avondale. Every detail has been considered.
In the lunations  around the edge, they are planned sites for memorials. for cremated parishioners. I assume the ashes have been placed in the garden.  It’s a new and unusual use of lunation space. There’s also a wall/columbarium. I mentioned at the IMG_2159  IMG_2150  IMG_2154
in Marietta that I did not like having the columbarium in the center. I admit that I much prefer the Avondale approach of  having it in the same garden but off to the side. This arrangement, however, does not bother me,  but I still prefer it to be separate.
If it were damp outside, I would not be able to follow the path because the pavers are such similar colors. However this works today because it is a dry day. I like the personalization of this labyrinth; this church’s Labyrinth Keepers have claimed it as their own.
And the moss … Do you plant moss?
Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

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