Archive for February 27th, 2020

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2.27.20 … “Can we learn to listen to God in our minds, trusting the silence underneath the clutter of noise? Can we learn to trust the voice of God that speaks in our hearts, through feelings of pain and peace? Can we learn to sense God at work in our bodies, speaking to us through our resistances and our openness? . . .”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (2/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Eastminster Presbyterian Church – Marietta GA:

I find that I circle back to quotes that I have seen before. This quote of Mother Teresa jumped out at me today:

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.”

So just after I looked at this quote, I got out of the car, and, of course, I heard lots of noise from children on the playground next to the Sacred Garden. And I thought: no quiet/silence for me today. But as I approached the gate, the children and their caregivers went the other way. So I had a walk in silence, well, silence from human voices.

Before I opened the gate, I noticed for the first time this dwarf willow tree … details …

Upon opening the gate, I immediately noticed that they was an information box now. It said, “Take One,” so I do. I will review and let you what I learn. I like the effort.

This is another labyrinth that is near a busy intersection. So if i walk during the day, i hear all the noises of the traffic of the nearby intersection. So I must practice quieting my mind with all the noise around me.

Before I left for this walk, my sister and I talked about the fact that there is a columbarium at the center. And although I understand and think it would be a very special place for the families and friends of those interred, it takes away from the “center experience“ of a labyrinth walker.

I did enjoy the angel at the center. I did not appreciate her when I first walked here, but now, I think she is a nice presence; she reminds me to look around for angels. I noticed recently that there are multiple cement angels scattered throughout the garden. It is a nice touch.

There are 11 concentric octagonals at the center. That encourages me to circle 11 times. Maybe today I will make a list of 11. Maybe not …

It was bright and sunny and blustery today. But I didn’t mind walking. The sun felt good on my back. But when I walked into the shade, I had to laugh because it was noticeably colder without the sun.

I receive Richard Rohr’s daily emails. For the next bit, he will discuss enneagrams. I’ve attended a class on this and found it interesting way to learn about myself.

“Can we learn to listen to God in our minds, trusting the silence underneath the clutter of noise? Can we learn to trust the voice of God that speaks in our hearts, through feelings of pain and peace? Can we learn to sense God at work in our bodies, speaking to us through our resistances and our openness? . . .

Source: The Three Intelligence Centers — Center for Action and Contemplation, https://cac.org/the-three-intelligence-centers-2020-02-24/

Today’s list … Things I love about Warm Sunny Days in Winter
1. Carolina Blue sky
2. Play between Shade and light
3. Daffodils
4. Seeing trees beginning to bloom
5. Children bundled up in winter extras and playing outside
6. Robbing old man winter of his day

Blessings
2.27.20




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