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12.21.19 … “This is the night when you can trust that any direction you go, you will be walking toward the dawn.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, 2019 Advent Walks, Third Week of Advent – Joy, Saint Peter Lutheran Church-Greenwood CO, Winter Solstice 2019:

My day did not start off so well, my sister had given me a JOY brooch which in just a few days I had grown very fond of. And this morning it was missing. My 25-year-old daughter thought me silly…

But for some odd reason I must’ve taken it off and put it in my purse. I was quite sure I had not taken it off. My near 60 brain is stretched.

So with my joy pin in hand, I headed out. I picked Saint Peter’s this morning for this bright sunny day. It is amazing the effect of the sun and the beautiful mountains in the distance can have on my mood. The Rockies are truly all inspiring.

Back to the 60-year-old brain – I cannot figure out the signage and lane markings in Denver. They are just strangely different from those that I usually see on the eastern part of United States. And once again, I got turned around and the navigation app rerouted me and added about five minutes to my trip.

As I pulled in, I noticed they have a Information brochure. That is a good start.

And interesting, and I have never seen this done before, is a circular spot to stand on as you enter the labyrinth. It is similar to the center of a labyrinth.. It was a nice place to prepare.

The benches were all given as a Boy Scout Eagle Project in August 2013. There were outdoor speakers around me. I wondered what they are use them for. Also, there is a children’s playhouse over to the side. I wonder…

From the brochure, there is a sentence, “The challenge in walking a labyrinth is to let go of trying to see ahead and simply follow the path. It is a process of letting go – an element of most forms of meditation. When we relinquish control, we often feel open to new insights or new answers to questions.”

There is also a paragraph talking about the symbolism. “The labyrinth incorporates many levels of symbolism into its sacred geometry. It’s circularity and concentric circles reflect the cosmos, atoms and DNA. The geometry comprises the very principles of the manifestation of God‘s hand in the creation of the universe.” A nice thought…

When I reached the center, I laughed because there was a drain at the center. And the drain was inscribed “Saint Peter Lutheran Church September, 2010.” I’ve never seen a drain at the center. Maybe a metaphor for letting all that I have pondered be “released,” Let it go down the the drain.

I am like a kid. As I left the center drain, I walked each of the five concentric circles and I felt like I was swirling like when you flush the toilet 🙂 … goodbye negative thoughts.

This is a nine-circuit Chartres-esq Labyrinth. Frequently the abbreviated Chartres style labyrinths are seven circuits. I am wondering why this is a nine-circuit. It had unusual labyrinth timing. But in all honesty, it worked.

Today was the winter solstice. I usually do a nighttime walk today. But instead today I walked in the morning. And it was very sunny and very warm. Seemed strange but the sun was unusually low in the sky.

I ended my day with a sunset walk around Denver’s Washington Park. It was 60 degrees but the two Park lakes were still frozen. The geese were walking on the frozen lakes, and the fattest squirrels were watching us walk.

A nice way to celebrate winter.

And I really liked this from Jan Richardson today …

Here on the eve of the Winter Solstice, a blessing for you. If you are traveling through a season of shadows, or know someone who is, this is for you. (And to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere, a blessed Summer Solstice!)

BLESSING FOR THE LONGEST NIGHT

All throughout these months,

as the shadows

have lengthened,

this blessing has been

gathering itself,

making ready,

preparing for

this night.

It has practiced

walking in the dark,

traveling with

its eyes closed,

feeling its way

by memory,

by touch,

by the pull of the moon

even as it wanes.

So believe me

when I tell you

this blessing will

reach you,

even if you

have not light enough

to read it;

it will find you,

even though you cannot

see it coming.

You will know

the moment of its

arriving

by your release

of the breath

you have held

so long;

a loosening

of the clenching

in your hands,

of the clutch

around your heart;

a thinning

of the darkness

that had drawn itself

around you.

This blessing

does not mean

to take the night away,

but it knows

its hidden roads,

knows the resting spots

along the path,

knows what it means

to travel

in the company

of a friend.

So when

this blessing comes,

take its hand.

Get up.

Set out on the road

you cannot see.

This is the night

when you can trust

that any direction

you go,

you will be walking

toward the dawn.

—Jan Richardson

from The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief

Image: “Longest Night” © janrichardsonimages.com

I liked this one, too …

“They carol, feast, give thanks,/and dearly love their friends/ and hope for peace.”

“The Shortest Day”

by Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died

And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world

Came people singing, dancing,

To drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;

They hung their homes with evergreen;

They burned beseeching fires all night long

To keep the year alive.

And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake

They shouted, revelling.

Through all the frosty ages you can hear them

Echoing behind us – listen!

All the long echoes, sing the same delight,

This Shortest Day,

As promise wakens in the sleeping land:

They carol, feast, give thanks,

And dearly love their friends,

And hope for peace.

And now so do we, here, now,

This year and every year.

BLESSING FOR THE LONGEST NIGHT!

12.21.19

Info on Winter Solstice …

Google Doodle Celebrates Last Winter Solstice of the Decade | Space

10 Facts About the Winter Solstice | Mental Floss
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/72659/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-winter-solstice




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