Archive for February 29th, 2020

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2.29.20 … “Somehow by disciplining the time and space we know, presence can drop us into a more expansive experience of time and space.” …Happy Leap Day

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (4/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist Church – Charlotte NC, Leap Day 2020:

Today is February 29, Leap Day. So Happy Leap Day … Since today is the day we artificially realign our clocks with the universe, it would be a good day to walk another labyrinth., don’t you think?

I only know of one person born on this day … and not a one of my social media friends. He was 10 years older that my dad … so he would be 104/26 today! He was my “boyfriend” as a child … he was a travel agent and divorced … and he would send me postcards from all over the world … Very funny man, Bernard Duffy!

As part of my daily devotional, I enjoy finding quotes. I found this one a while back on The Labyrinth Society site:

Somehow by disciplining the time and space we know, presence can drop us into a more expansive experience of time and space.

Guild Co-Founder Liz Caemmerer has shared that she delights in the word ~ spaciousness ~ as another way to refer to salvation.

“Salvation is a word for the divine spaciousness that comes to human beings in all the tight places where their lives are at risk, regardless of how they got there or whether they know God’s name.”―Barbara Brown Taylor, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

Thank you, Faculty Chuck Kirchner, for this fascinating image of our labyrinth!

Many of you send me suggestions or comment about my Lenten musings which send me down yet another rabbit hole. Thanks’ s Marty for two from your parish!

Lay down your life for God, for five minutes. Twice a day, every day. It’s the simplest and cheapest Lenten program around, but it could be the pearl of great price that Jesus talked about, the buried treasure, the resurrection. 

The point is not to escape the world, but to enter it more deeply, soulfully, and truthfully. In our over-busy culture of multitasking and perpetual distraction, what we are bringing to our world and our relationships is increasingly shallow and vacuous. We are too easily bored. We crave constant stimulation and entertainment, craft beer and small batch bourbon. And all the while, the pearl of great price, the joy of our life, is with us. Unnoticed. 

Speaking at West Point recently, Yale scholar William Deresiewicz warned cadets about “letting yourself be dispersed everywhere into a cloud of electronic and social input.”  His argument was that solitude is essential for leaders – a great point – but it might be essential for everyone. “It seems to me that Facebook and Twitter and YouTube—and just so you don’t think this is a generational thing, TV and radio and magazines and even newspapers, too—are all ultimately an elaborate excuse to run away from yourself.” 

St. Augustine put it this way in the fifth century, “I searched for you outside myself, but you were always with me. You were with me, but I was not with you.” 

Deresiewicz went on to say to the cadets, “Here’s the other problem with Facebook and Twitter and even The New York Times. When you expose yourself to those things, especially in the constant way that people do now—older people as well as younger people—you are continuously bombarding yourself with a stream of other people’s thoughts. You are marinating yourself in the conventional wisdom. In other people’s reality…. You are creating a cacophony in which it is impossible to hear your own voice.” 

Or the voice of God, the voices of angels, or the voice of your own soul. Take your pick. 

Source: Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church: What are you giving up?

https://www.ststephensrva.org/reflect-learn/rectors-blog/what-are-you-giving-up

“I guess that’s why I was feeling disturbed this morning, after I read the news and then thought about my upcoming phone call with my elderly friend. The news today once again triggered something in me about the environment in which we are living, and I’m wondering if my frequent handwashing to stave off the coronavirus might become a kind of Lenten discipline for me this year—an outward and visible sign of my desire to protect and care for the soul. My own and the souls of others.

These reflections also have me wondering if I can make a trip to my friend’s new home before long. Thinking about that brings me a feeling of warm anticipation—no face masks or hyper-vigilance, just the quiet, disarming smile when we greet each other, the knowing glint, the comfortable silences after we shuffle to our chairs, the “genuine love and truthful speech,” and the occasional realization, when one of us speaks, that we could almost complete each other’s sentences. “Yes…yes…” eyes filling, knowing that, as important as it is to find a vaccine for the body, that is nothing compared to the balm, nourishment, and protection for the soul.”

Source: Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church: As the deer longs for the water brook, https://www.ststephensrva.org/reflect-learn/rectors-blog/as-the-deer-longs-for-the-water-brooks

So on this Leap Day, this is what I found: a very sunny day, Cool breezes rustling the leaves, Dancing shadows, and an appreciation of the Chartres stone at the center in the shadows. I also always enjoy the lamps at the four corners of the Labyrinth area. The one I chose to peer into had a little bit of mold on it.

And my Lenten List for today!

Library Books I’m currently reading

1. Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers

2. 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

3. camp Austen:My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Fan by Ted Scheinman

Blessings of Spaciousness!

2.29.20




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