Posts Tagged ‘2018 Labyrinth Walks

27
Dec
18

12.26.18 … “When you walk, arrive with every step. That is walking meditation. There’s nothing else to it.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Wayt Private Labyrinth – Cumming GA:

I had a great visit with my childhood friend and her mom, one of my favorite labyrinth buddies.

As Marty and I walked and talked, I realized how wonderful a gift the labyrinth has been to me. It has reconnected me to old friends, has established new connections with people I have known forever, has introduced me to new people, provided me with a deep connection to people who I would never have known before, gave me a new interest in medieval history, enriched my religious and spiritual life, introduced me to spiritual practices: walking meditation and contemplative prayer, improved my mental and physical health … the list goes on.

There is joy in sharing time and space with such people!

I love Mrs. W’s silhouettes. I never fail to discover a new one hidden in plain sight in the house or the garden. The one included is of Mrs. W and her husband gardening.

And I found this a while back:

“When you walk, arrive with every step. That is walking meditation. There’s nothing else to it.”

– Thích Nhất Hạnh, How to Walk (Mindfulness Essentials, #4)

12.26.18

23
Nov
18

11.23.18 … “For in grief nothing ‘stays put.’ Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?” – C.S. Lewis

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden @ Hobart Park – Davidson NC:

Today is Black Friday. I had no interest in real shopping or cyber shopping. I made my favorite breakfast and read the paper. I did the sudoku puzzle and read a book.

And then I dragged Albert to Davidson to walk its labyrinth.

As I entered the town I noticed the yellow ribbons everywhere. Patrick Braxton-Andrew, one of Davidson’s own, was killed October 28 in Mexico. He grew up here, he went to college here, and he taught and lived here as adult. The drug cartel thought he was a DEA agent. My heart aches for his family. I did not know him, but I pray for peace for his family, his friends and his many communities. Here are some links:

https://account.charlotteobserver.com/static/paywall/stop?resume=221943630

https://www.facebook.com/385867481951919/posts/393204457884888/

And then I smiled. As I turned onto Main Street I saw the trees aglow with color. I had to pinch myself. I sometimes think it really can’t be as beautiful as a I remember it. Today it was.

The labyrinth walk was quick. I heard the rustling leaves and enjoyed the zen fountain which I am sure will be turned off soon. I don’t think Albert much liked the walk …

But all in all a nice day to enjoy the labyrinth.

And here is a quote I found on grief and the labyrinth. It was posted by Matthew McEwen at Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth Public Group | FacebookFacebook › groups › Chartres-Cathedral-… on November 16, 2018.

I am taking a course on grief, and discovered that there are a number of counselors who use a labyrinth in their practice. I attended this event by Oasis (York Region, Ontario, Canada).

I also recently finished reading “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis. Here’s a comment from that book that links his experience with grief & labyrinths: “Tonight all the hells of young grief have opened up again; the mad words, the bitter resentment, the fluttering in the stomach, the nightmare unreality, the wallowed-in tears. For in grief nothing ‘stays put.’ Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?”

Happy Thanksgiving to all …

11.23.18

27
Oct
18

10.27.18 … trunk or treat and uniclying monsters and a just a pile of rocks labyrinth …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Mission Campus – Newton NC:

So the directions on the World Wide Labyrinth locator took me to the church itself, a lovely old Lutheran church with red doors. But the note clearly states that the labyrinth is on the mission campus, a mile and 1/2 south on Startown Road.

As I drove south, I passed a large field and had to circle back around to get to the Mission Campus. I pulled into the parking lot and there were a group of kids, all boys, practicing unicycle riding. I headed across the field and asked one of the parents, toting a unicycle, about the labyrinth. The woman responded with directions and a caveat: it’s just “that pile of rocks over there.” I’m assuming she did not want me to be disappointed. She said that I could cut across the field, quicker, or take the path.

I chose the path, and was delighted to see what was meant by the signage that told me that this was a “prayer path.” Along the path through the woods, there were nine stops, each with a sign with a portion of the Lord’s Prayer, a bench and a birdbath or other yard art.

The labyrinth is a rock labyrinth (rocks on sand) and is a full 11 circuit Chartres. I was delighted.

A group of the unicycling boys was hiding in the woods and jumping out at anyone who came to find them. They warned me. 🙂

The walk was pleasant enough. Albert thinks I’m crazy, and since there was a crowd at this mission campus, I could not let him sit by himself.

I was very impressed with the facilities at the mission campus. A large covered picnic area with a great playground and this wonderful labyrinth. Hospitality at its finest and a gift to this community.

It was about a 30 minute drive to get here from downtown Charlotte. As I drove up Highway 16 and then on the back roads into Newton NC, I noticed it almost every church, including St. Paul’s Lutheran, had on their marquee, “trunk or treat!“. I think it is interesting that some conservative Christians have taken offense to Halloween, while others, especially in this part of North Carolina, have used it as a an opportunity to serve their members, their families and their community.

Quote for today …

“Hospitality, biblically, is not only the way we express God’s love. It’s also the way we encounter God.”

Source: Hospitality on the Way | Sojourners, https://sojo.net/articles/hospitality-way

10.27.17

27
Oct
18

10.27.18 … even if you feel nothing, see nothing …

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Morning Star Lutheran Chapel, Mathews NC:

It has been raining for a day and today it is blustery and wet again.

I’m spending the day visiting labyrinths. I had considered a day drive to Asheville to see the fall leaves, but I don’t think today would be a good day.

So here are a few shots of this favorite labyrinth.

And since I did some research this summer on Julian of Norwich and am a bit melancholy today, I found this in my saved quotes file:

“Pray, even if you feel nothing, see nothing. For when you are dry, empty, sick, or weak. At such a time is your prayer most pleasing to God, even though you may find little joy in it. This is true of all believing prayer.” – Julian of Norwich

10.27.18

15
Oct
18

10.15.18 … “I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.” ― Fred Rogers

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

There was still lots of debris to be cleaned up in Charlotte from Michael and Florence, streets, driveways, yards and, yes, even this lovely Labyrinth at Myers Park Baptist Church. I saw two full tree removal crews removing downed trees. Queens Road near Myers Park Methodist was closed down in both directions.

It’s cooler today and there are twigs and many acorns. I kept hoping to see a squirrel or two scampering across the labyrinth to collect a few.

I actually got off my path today. I must’ve been focused on the acorns and not the turns.

A yard crew is nearby blowing and sawing …

And my enneagram class was interesting. Today we discussed twos, the helpers. Paul started by asking me to focus on someone I loved … at the end I felt my love relations are all complicated.

And a nice quote :

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.”

― Fred Rogers

10.15.18

29
Sep
18

9.29.18 … “As a temporary dwelling, the sukkah also represents the fact that all existence is fragile, and therefore Sukkot is a time to appreciate the shelter of our homes and our bodies.” … Chag Sameach!

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC, Sukkot, homelessness:

Today was a weird one. I went to Avondale very conflicted, just wanted a quick respite from the trials and tribulations of life. Shortly after I arrived and was walking, I heard a yell from a black car. The car was a limo type service car, and the driver asked if I could help his customer. She was looking for a Jewish synagogue, Havurat Tikvah.

Since I am not a member of Avondale, I did not know if possibly a Jewish congregation met there. But I searched on my iPhone after walking back to Labyrinth, and I realized that the congregation did indeed meet at this church. So I walked back. I found the webpage for the congregation. Today is the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, and she wanted to participate.

Many years ago when we lived in Wilmette IL, a neighbor held a Sukkot celebration. So of course today I did a little research:

“Sukkot, commonly translated as Feast of Tabernacles … also known as Chag HaAsif, the Feast of Ingathering, is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month.”

And,

“Sukkot (Feast of Booths or Tabernacles) is one of the three biblically based pilgrimage holidays known as the shalosh regalim. It is an agricultural festival that originally was considered a thanksgiving for the fruit harvest. Sukkot are hut-like structures that the Jews lived in during the 40 years of travel through the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt. As a temporary dwelling, the sukkah also represents the fact that all existence is fragile, and therefore Sukkot is a time to appreciate the shelter of our homes and our bodies.”

See the full post:https://toriavey.com/what-is-sukkot/#foz5FMf5uapc6267.99

So after offering to take her to the private residence, she got out of the car. I realized from her baggage, a series of grocery bags, that she was probably a homeless person. She had been traveling up and down the East Coast primarily by bus and that she had landed in Charlotte. After looking at the Jewish congregation’s website, I realized that the festival of tents celebration was at a private residence 5 miles away. I offered to take her there.

Meanwhile, a member of the Avondale congregation let her into the building so she could use the restroom and she disappeared for 20+ minutes. When she finally came out, she clearly had taken a bath in the sink in the restroom. My heart was heavy because I wanted to help and was scared. But I ventured fourth to the home where the Sukkot celebration was to be held. She fell asleep in my car several times on the way there. But when she was awake, she was fairly engaged.

Once at that private residence, I let her out. This is what she wanted to do. However, I feel very sad that I could not help more.

Chag Sameach!

9.29.18

21
Sep
18

9.21.18 … “When someone asks you why you walk a labyrinth, tell them it’s because silence isn’t empty..it’s full of answers!” – unknown

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Labyrinth Walks, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church – Mooresville NC, Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte NC, kith/kin, silver linings:

Today I planned to travel to Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke VA for my annual retreat with 16 college friends. This weekend feeds my soul. And today I woke up with what I assume is a kidney stone. And the only cure at this point is heavy dose of ibuprofen and lots of water. This, too, will pass.

But there was a silver lining … there usually is. I spent the day with another Davidson friend who is in town to watch her son swim for Davidson. She gave me her day. We enjoyed lunch at the Pickled Peach and then ventured north to Mooresville to walk a new-to-me labyrinth at St. Patrick’s Episcopal.

It is a small Medieval 7-circuit labyrinth nestled in a corner of the church’s campus. They offered a pamphlet and I think it a good one, offering history and guidance with a clear message of welcome to all. The pamphlet used Psalm 16:11 as guidance.

You will show me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.

I’ve attached a copy of the pamphlet.

And here is some info on this labyrinth: http://www.lakenormanpublications.com/mooresville_weekly/boy-scout-s-prayer-labyrinth-created-to-heal-community/article_6cb4dc46-b509-11e7-94d2-e34c8e33834d.html

After our walk, we headed to Charlotte to Queens, trying to avoid the nightmarish I77 traffic. Once in Charlotte we walked the MPBC labyrinth.

So if I have to be here, I couldn’t ask for a nicer way to spend my day. Thanks, RA!

Quote:

When someone asks you why you walk a labyrinth, tell them it’s because silence isn’t empty..it’s full of answers! – unknown

9.21.18




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