Archive for March 15th, 2020


3.15.20 … “Quiet your voice. Quiet your judgment. Quiet the way you always tell your story to yourself.”&

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (20/40), Center for Spiritual Living-Asheville NC, 2020 Lenten Lists:

I walked a new to me labyrinth. It is actually very near the Westervelt Cabin, so I am sure I will walk it again. I decided at the last minute to drive up to Asheville to visit with my college roommate RuthAnn (a.k.a. Rufus) and her husband Tim. So I pulled up the labyrinth locator to see if there was one on my route, and there was one that I had never walked. it was not far off my route, very close to the farmers market in Asheville

Finding the Center for Spiritual Living was easy, but finding the “upper parking lot” took three attempts.

While I was searching for the upper parking lot, I drove into the two other lots, one was a handicapped lot right next to the facility’s buildings. And this wonderful yellow lab dog came up. No collar, so I have no idea what his name was, but he would’ve gotten in my car and gone home with me. I am sure he would’ve been missed by his family very quickly, but he was one of the friendliest dogs I’ve met in a long time. [Chuck Hunner, the labyrinth artist, commented …”This is Bliss, Barbara’s dog.”

On my second drive through I noticed a walkway. I drove out again and saw an entrance blocked off. I parked at the blocked off part and walked up the hill, and yes there was a labyrinth. So a quick walk.

This labyrinth was a simple classic seven circuit labyrinth. It was light blue paint on the asphalt parking lot slab. It was over in the corner of this parking area, but the thing i noticed when I came up the hill was this magnificent oak tree. It’s still the dead of winter for this oak tree, but with all gnarls and curves of the limbs it is absolutely wonderful. The classic labyrinth is not my favorite, but I’m actually enjoyed it today. Maybe because I knew it would not be a long walk. [and Chuck informed me … The oak tree is 400+ years old and on the national Registry!]

Today was the first day that public worship was cancelled. I’ll stream something in a bit …

I loved this from Jan Richardson:


Social distancing

For many folks, the gospel reading for this Sunday will be from John 4, which tells of a well-side encounter between Jesus and a woman who has come to draw water by herself. In this particular week, when most church communities will be worshiping in ways that don’t involve physically gathering together, I am struck anew by the woman’s isolation: she has arrived at a time when none of the other townspeople would be there. I am struck also by how present Jesus is to this singular woman—how he sees and engages (and is engaged by) her in a way that she (and perhaps he) has never experienced before.

In whatever physical distancing we are experiencing in these days, may we be that willing to find other ways to be present and to engage each other. May we be both creative and stubborn in our seeing.


If you stand

at the edge

of this blessing

and call down

into it,

you will hear

your words

return to you.

If you lean in

and listen close,

you will hear

this blessing

give the story

of your life

back to you.

Quiet your voice.

Quiet your judgment.

Quiet the way

you always tell

your story

to yourself.

Quiet all these

and you will hear

the whole of it

and the hollows of it:

the spaces

in the telling,

the gaps

where you hesitate

to go.

Sit at the rim

of this blessing.

Press your ear

to its lip,

its sides,

its curves

that were carved out

long ago

by those whose thirst

drove them deep,

those who dug

into the layers

with only their hands

and hope.

Rest yourself

beside this blessing

and you will

begin to hear

the sound of water

entering the gaps.

Still yourself

and you will feel it

rising up within you,

filling every emptiness,

springing forth


—Jan Richardson

from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

Image: “We Will Find Wellsprings for Our Deepest Thirst”


[End Quote]

And then RA, Tim and I enjoyed a great meal at Nine Mile. I think I won the order challenge and satisfied my trout fix.

Marley’s Magic

Grilled jerk Carolina Trout with cauliflower, carrots & bell peppers, sautéed in a white wine, creamy, dairy-free coconut ginger curry sauce. Tossed with linguine or served with basmati rice. Finished with spring onions.

Click to access NineMile-Dinner-West-20190805.pdf

I also loved the stained glass hanging panels. Not labyrinths but definitely spiritual. Upcycled Glass Art – John Root

Still yourself …


Today’s Lenten List: Asheville Area Labyrinths

1. RiverLink in the River Arts District

2. First Baptist Church

3. Olivette *

4. UNC Asheville

5. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

6. Center for Spiritual Living

7. Private Property -Lilac St. *

8. United Research Light Center – Black Mountain NC *

9. The Labyrinth Center-Fairview NC *

10. Kanuga Conference Center-Hendersonville NC

11. Holmes Educational State Forest – Hendersonville NC *

12. Crystal Vision- Hendersonville NC *

13. Tapper Private Labyrinth – Hendersonville NC *

14. Holmes Educational State Forest – Hendersonville NC *

15. Dancing Sun Cabins – Hot Springs NC *

16. Lake Junaluska Conference Center – Lake Junaluska NC

17. Horse Sense of the Carolinas – Marshall NC *

18. Unity Center – Mills River NC

19. Inn on Mill Creek- Old Fort NC *

*Still to be walked!

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