Archive for March 28th, 2020

28
Mar
20

3.28.20 … “Be alert as you watch a dog at play or at rest. Let the animal teach you to feel at home in the now, to celebrate life by being completely present. You just watch the tail … with some dogs you just look at them – just a little look is enough – and their tail goes …’Life is good! Life is good!’ And they are not telling themselves a story of why life is good. It’s a direct realization.” ~Eckhart Tolle

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (33/40), 2020 Lenten Lists, Wedgewood Church-Charlotte NC:

So I still feel like I’m doing something wrong when I go out and walk a labyrinth. Today I decided to head over to Wedgewood Church, and as I pulled up, another car pulled up. It was the couple’s first time walking, and I told them that I would wait for them to walk and that it took 20 or so minutes. The couple was very very gracious and told me about the new chime garden. I’ve never walked around the church, so I decided I would spend my time walking around the church and seeing the chime garden.

As soon as I walked to the back, I heard the chimes. But before I walked toward the singing chimes, I noticed the peace pole, the little birdbath, st. Francis and the flamingo walking path stone.

This is the crunch crunch crunch labyrinth, and I laughed as I walked down the path to the new chime garden because they have used all white pebbles to make the path, so it was also a crunch crunch crunch garden.

The chime tower was gorgeous, very similar to the one at Avondale. And today the chimes were ringing wildly…

This was a beautifully done garden. Can’t quite figure out the totem pole, but it is a nice feature. I’m not sure what’s going in the covered shed area. There were also two wind sculptures and a single bell for ringing. There was wisteria hanging around which makes for a very beautiful spring garden and the azaleas were a nice bonus. I read recently that wisteria has a beautiful smell, so I had to smell it. And then I picked some. I carried my wisteria in my hand and I kept smelling it.

And then I returned to the labyrinth. The couple was still there; they had finished their walk and I told him about other labyrinths in Charlotte. They were looking for something to do during the quarantine.. It is a nice thing to do.

We talked about the chime garden, wisteria and labyrinths. The woman who walked before me said it smelled like lavender. I’m trying to decide if I think it smells like lavender. I’m not a big smell person, but it did have a pleasant smell.

I tried to explain in very general terms the history and use of the labyrinth. I really am going to have to write out my three minute elevator speech and memorize it. Because I always forget things like what are the three Rs of walking …

It was really hot today, and I have not adjusted to changing my wardrobe in March. But it was 88° here today. The record was 90° in 1907. So a long sleeve T-shirt and a black vest was totally inappropriate…

Walking in versus walking out… Almost always it seems to take longer to walk out, and it’s the exact same path that I am returning on. Maybe because I am waiting for an epiphany of some sort. I never know … but it’s a wrinkle in time for me.

And here are a few things I’ve enjoyed this week:

Prayer for those who are alone

God, we pray for those who have touched

computer keys or phone touchscreen

(or both) thousands of times,

since they last touched human skin —

for both extroverts, who are fatigued,

unable to generate any energy,

and introverts, charged up

with nowhere to share renewed compassion.

We pray for those who decided to skip deodorant,

and now have not washed their hair

for days and days and days,

and for people who never, ever thought

they would not be satisfied with dog’s devotion

or the sufferance of the cat.

We pray for those who have signed up

for free Gratefulness.org courses,

My Fitness routines,

binged some fabulous new shows,

play online scrabble with friends,

and who know that a single phone call

can be an offertory-worthy gift,

and those who feel like they don’t care.

We pray for those with newly cleaned closets,

and those with dirty underwear

underfoot … everywhere

because no one is going to see it.

We know you are with everyone who is alone,

and pray they feel it at least once a day,

and we pray for the ones

whom lonely is damaging —

that they may have

human attention, maybe ours. amen

Source: Prayer for those who are alone | Gifts in Open Hands,

https://giftsinopenhands.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/prayer-for-those-who-are-alone/

“Be alert as you watch a dog at play or at rest. Let the animal teach you to feel at home in the now, to celebrate life by being completely present. You just watch the tail … with some dogs you just look at them – just a little look is enough – and their tail goes …’Life is good! Life is good!’ And they are not telling themselves a story of why life is good. It’s a direct realization.”

~Eckhart Tolle

3.28.20

Today’s list_

3 Rs of labyrinth walking: Releasing, Receiving and Returning/or Reflection.

1. Before you walk, pause and take a few moments to quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the walking pace your body wants to go. Do what feels natural.

2. Releasing- As you enter the labyrinth, you follow the path to the center and try to develop a relaxed, calm state that releases concerns and quiets the mind. This is the time to open the heart and quiet the mind.

3. Receiving- Upon reaching the center of the labyrinth, on this labyrinth it is called the center rose. The rose symbolizes beauty, love and enlightenment. Each petal symbolizes the aspects of creation; mineral, vegetable, animal, human, the spirit world and the mystery of the unknown. The center of the rose is place of rest. This is a place for meditation and or prayer. This is a time of openness and peacefulness; you experience or receive what the moment offers you. Stay here as long as you feel the need.

4. Returning/Reflection- You choose when to leave the center, following the same path. This is a time to review and consider the healing forces at work and how they may apply to your life.




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