Posts Tagged ‘“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking

15
Jun
19

6.15.19 … ashes to ashes, dust to dust …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Frederica Park – St. Simons Island GA:

I got up at the crack of dawn this morning and headed south to the Golden Isles of Georgia. I am here to attend a wedding, the wedding of the daughter of one of my PV clan, a third cousin‘s daughter.

Because it’s basically a one night trip, I decided to find a labyrinth. and there is one in a nice Glynn County park on the Island. So I headed straight there.

It is described as a “Contemporary Dual-path “reflection” labyrinth” on the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator. In reality it is a small single path maze (with one short distraction) that is raised and is essentially a climbing feature in the children’s playground, other climbing features include a fort and sailboats.

When I got out of my car, I quickly realized that I was at the Beach… The air smelled salty, and it felt humid and was definitely hot. And the birds were the birds of the beach. I was inundated with the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the Georgia Coast.

This labyrinth was a small labyrinth and only took about five minutes to walk, 5 minutes total to walk in and and to walk out. But it was worth the detour and the opportunity to get centered for my busy 24 hours on the island.

And my feet have now touched sand for the first time in quite a while. I am happy.

And then I take a little history tour … Driving Mama Lindsey … Mom’s actually not here, but she wishes she were. The Georgia coast is one of her favorite places in all the world. She spent every summer here as a child, and then as a parent, she brought us every year with our grandparents, her parents, to Jekyll Island. When we came to Jekyll, we always visited with our Brunswick GA cousins and traipsed up and down the Georgia coast visiting historical sites.

St. Simons Island was one of our favorite spots: Fort Frederica, Christ Church, the Lighthouse. And when we traveled with my mom and grandparents, we stopped and read every historical marker (and there were many in Glynn county, Historical Markers by County – GeorgiaInfo,

https://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/topics/historical_markers/county/glynn)), visited every historical site and ate all the local summer favorites … shrimp, straight off the shrimp boats, tomatoes, okra, corn and watermelon.

And both my my grandmama, Matibel, and my mom loved to read history and historical novels. I vividly remember wandering through Christ Church on St. Simons Island and it’s graveyard. I remember looking for the grave stones of characters in the Eugenia Price’s St. Simons Island Trilogy, the first entitled “Lighthouse.” (And of course we also visited the lighthouse.) I also remember from my early elementary years loving biographies. I think living history by walking through historical sites and learning the stories by reading history and historical novels gave me a lifelong love of history.

Back to Eugenia Price… I looked her up and found her story quite interesting. The storyweaver: Eugenia Price & her lasting legacy – Golden Isles Magazine: Features,

https://www.goldenislesmagazine.com/features/the-storyweaver-eugenia-price-her-lasting-legacy/article_c4029986-c78c-11e6-a38a-370f4fd6ad8c.html

Eugenia Price is actually buried in the Christ Church graveyard on St. Simons Island. See https://youtu.be/jFX4BvKxgpA … Ashes to ashes, dust to dust …

After visiting the church and it’s graveyard, I walked across the street and had a very pleasant saunter through the live oaks to the Celtic cross commemorating the Wesley Brothers. I experienced a sensory inundation with Georgia history and Anglican church history…

6.15.19

12
Jun
19

6.12.19 … elevator talks and Gregorian chants …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park United Methodist Church – Charlotte NC:

I’ve mentioned this newly installed indoor labyrinth before. It is truly lovely and recreates a Chartres Cathedral feel in a wonderful chapel at MPUMC. The church plans to make it available to the public one week per month and to provide a labyrinth keeper to introduce new walkers and advise repeat walkers. I met my friend Toni who was the volunteer keeper from 6-8 pm.

While we were there, two men visited the labyrinth. The first stopped by on his way to an evening Bible Study on the Lord’s Prayer being held by James Howell, the senior pastor at MPUMC. He had not walked before and was interested, but didn’t have enough time. I think he will return. The second was a gentleman who is in charge of sound systems at the church, was instrumental in the installation of the labyrinth and has walked before. He came by to set up the music that another church member had requested. He had a nice CD recording of vocal, including Gregorian Chants, and other music appropriate for meditative labyrinth walks.

During this time, Toni and I walked. Oddly, the first thing I noticed was my noisy shoes. As soon as I got to an outer circuit, I removed my shoes and walked barefoot on the cool polished stone floor.

I noticed several things during this walk: the scored circle at center and the beautiful predominantly blue and yellow stained glass windows which reminded me of the lines typical in Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

As I reached the center, I realized that there are some instructions on how to pray the center rosette petals of a Chartres Labyrinth and one is to break down the Lord’s Prayer into 6 sections. I wish I had remembered it while the first visitor was there. See: The lessons of The Lord’s Prayer expressed through sacred geometry,

https://lodeplus.com/the-lessons-of-the-lords-prayer-expressed-through-sacred-geometry/

Immediately before finishing my walk, I looked up and noticed the beautiful organ; the organ is the reason the floor was re-done in this chapel to accommodate the organ’s weight and thus the reason for the labyrinth installation.

Afterwards, I looked over the new information brochures and thought them all very well done. It reminded me that I need to create my own “elevator talk” to introduce friends and others to labyrinths. I think I have a tendency to go on for too long rather than just introducing it and letting a person experience it.

And then we left MPUMC and had a delightful small plate meal at Foxcroft Wine… I think I could make a monthly habit of this.

6.12.19

23
May
19

5.23.19 … “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of St. Philip-Atlanta GA, kith/kin:

After a meeting at Lenbrook, my sister and I headed out for a walk. We enjoyed our time in the sun, despite the heat. The birds seemed to enjoy our presence. Magnolia leaves were strewn across the labyrinth. I always enjoy the sound of rustling magnolia leaves when I walk over them.

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” ~Albert Einstein

5.23.19

15
May
19

5.15.19 … “Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, but it is also stranger than we can think.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church-Charlotte NC:

Sometimes I just need labyrinth time with a labyrinth friend. Thank you, Toni!

As we drove to and from MPBC, we talked about multiple intelligences, reading, Jonathan Haidt, technology overload, TMBS, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy, and of course labyrinths …

As we approached we noticed children on the labyrinth. One almost 4 year old was riding in circles on the labyrinth.

The day was glorious. The sky was blue with whispy clouds. The weather was cool and the bright green leaves provided almost complete shade to the labyrinth. The birds were chattering. And there was a large colony of tiny ants crawling out from the center Chartres stone.

My reverie was broken by the roar of the chainsaw in the distance.

My thoughts kept focusing on the tall oaks. I wondered how water can travel up from the roots to the trees’ top leaves.

I then I watched a very pregnant mom walk by with two little ones in her stroller, talking on her phone through ear buds. I wondered if she ever allowed herself quiet time.

I heard several planes overhead and noticed their tail in the sky.

And then both Toni and I noticed the honking birds flying above … there were 4 of them flying in what appeared to be synchronized routine … then they cawed, definitely crows.

And here is my quote for today …

“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, but it is also stranger than we can think… What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning… The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”

~Werner Heisenberg (father of the uncertainty principle & quantum mechanics)

5.15.19

04
May
19

5.4.19 … May the 4th be with you!

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, World Labyrinth Day (We Walk As One At One), Eastminster Presbyterian Church-Marietta GA:

I planned my day around my World Labyrinth Day Walk and the bottom fell out of the sky at exactly 1. So my sister and I tried to walk as one at one, but instead we frolicked in the rain at one. We laughed at ourselves at one.

So did you know that Saturday May 4, 2019, is also Derby Day, Naked Gardening Day and May the Fourth Be With You/Star Wars Day?

Ideas for celebrating … Combine them! Ride a horse naked on a labyrinth in a garden wielding a light saber. Or walk naked in a garden wielding a light saber in one hand and a mint julep in the other.

May the 4th be with you!

5.4.19

Just thought these interesting…

This is about a favorite dad … Cot Campbell:

In addition to all of that, he may very well have been the No. 1 fan of the Run for the Roses.

“There was really nothing quite like it for us in the enjoyment of life,” Campbell’s widow, Anne, said Friday in a phone call. “The Derby was the ultimate goal and joy – the uber experience. Cot just loved the backstretch in the mornings. He thought being back there was marvelous.”

This sentiment prevailed every year, not just when Dogwood Stable had a contender training for the big event. But when the Campbell-managed Dogwood had such a horse, things entered another sphere.

source: Cot Campbell had lifelong love affair with Kentucky Derby – Sports – The Augusta Chronicle – Augusta, GA, https://www.augustachronicle.com/sports/20190503/cot-campbell-had-lifelong-love-affair-with-kentucky-derby

And this

But perhaps the best in the biz, especially for the Derby, is Kentucky-based H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company. H.E. Sutton, otherwise known as “Tex Sutton”, specializes in horse transport like no other. This equine transport company founded in the 1950s moves horses around with a Boeing 727-200 flown by cargo airline Kalitta Air and configured specifically for horses. Not surprisingly, the plane’s flight logs often show it in Kentucky, one of the world’s horse centers.

(Photo courtesy H.E.

(Photo courtesy H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, LLC)

“Air Horse One”, as it’s nicknamed (it literally says “First class equine air travel” on the side of the plane), is outfitted with room for up to 21 horses, fitting two or three wide. Ticket prices vary but have been quoted in the several thousands of dollars per passenger. The animals are carefully loaded into the aircraft with inflight amenities like food (hay) and drinks (water — we didn’t ask about champagne) to ensure that they arrive healthy, well-rested and relaxed. So much, in fact, are they committed to the comfort of their well-hoofed passengers that the aircraft often climbs and descends slower, and even will detour hundreds of miles out of its way to keep the flight as smooth as possible. One rep had said that flight crews will even accept long delays for the same reason. Thankfully, most horses seem to be used to it (and presumably don’t mind waiting a little longer for a smooth flight).

Source: How Racehorses Fly To the Kentucky Derby, 
https://thepointsguy.com/news/how-racehorses-are-flying-to-the-kentucky-derby/

26
Apr
19

4.26.19 … Will I bother you?

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, The Cathedral of St. Philip-Atlanta GA:

Will I bother you? Rarely do I share a labyrinth. But as I walked up, there was a man dressed in camouflage pants and army boots sitting in the center. I was worried that I might distract him. So I held back for a few minutes.

And I was struck by the sound of wind in fully leafed out trees.

There was a woman with puppy circling around and a few other people passing through space, including one woman with bright orange hair.

I found myself going from cool and warm depending on the wind. The heat was strong when the gusts of cool wind died down.

And the birds were chattering.

I talked with the man walking. It was his first walk and it was clearly a moving experience. I shared my labyrinth story. We hugged.

On the way out I missed a turn …

4.26.19

23
Apr
19

4.23.19 … “However many other religious languages I learn, I dream in Christian. However much I learn from other spiritual teachers, it is Jesus I come home to at night.” – Barbara Brown Taylor(

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Wayt Private Labyrinth – Cumming GA:

I read this extract as part of a devotional for a Bible study I attend at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte . There was lots to ponder.

I became a fan of Barbara Brown Taylor about 10 years ago. The first book I read was An Altar in the World: Finding the Sacred Beneath Our Feet. She walks labyrinth by the way …

She has a new book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others and in connection with its publication last month she has done quite a few interviews. This is an excerpt from a CNN interview from last week (https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/21/us/outcast-pastor-finds-way-home-easter/index.html).

“I worship every day,” she says. “Sometimes it’s in churches, but other times it’s around dinner tables, in airports, in city parks, and in the woods with wild turkeys.”

Those answers, though, are the kind of poetic musings that still make some Christians suspicious. Is she more than “happy faces and pumpkins in the sky?”She doesn’t sound like a person who is giving up on Christianity.

In “Holy Envy” she writes: “However many other religious languages I learn, I dream in Christian. However much I learn from other spiritual teachers, it is Jesus I come home to at night.”

Easter morning also helps her find her way home.

She still believes in the Easter story. She just doesn’t believe that it represents the triumph of Christianity — proof that Christians have a monopoly on religious truth.

How can you believe in Easter without believing Christ is the only way?

The way she now talks about God in the Easter story helps explain why.

“Jesus never commanded me to love my religion. He said love God and your neighbor. That’s about all I can handle day by day.”

“These days I would say Easter is the eruption of life from a tomb as God’s huge surprise, going in a different direction, and if anything, proof that you can never predict how God is going to act next,” she says.

Taylor’s spiritual restlessness may continue to push her in different directions. But she no longer sounds afraid to look her faith in the eyes.

“Now I value Easter as the reminder that you never know where life is going to come from next, and there’s no sense being attached to the day before yesterday because the day before yesterday is dead, and today something is alive,” she says.

She leans forward on her sofa and her expression turns solemn. She gets a faraway look in her eyes, and raises her hands as if in worship.

“So why not follow the life, and see where it leads, with some kind of trust in the spirits’ ability to blow where nobody expected to blow, and in a direction nobody expected it to go into — and be willing to be blown away.”

And then I closed with this from Paul Bane: Source: When Does the Kingdom of Heaven Come to Earth? | Paul Bane, https://www.patheos.com/blogs/mindfulchristianitytoday/2018/08/when-does-the-kingdom-of-heaven-come-to-earth/

Every time we pray we experience God at a given point until our mind moves on to other thoughts.

Heaven comes every time we love our brothers and sisters. Heaven comes when we are at peace with our circumstances in life. Heaven comes every moment we dwell in the presence of God. Heaven comes when I know I am one with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

… remember, there is no need to prepare for the kingdom of Heaven it is already here. The kingdom of Heaven is neither found in the past or the future it is present in every moment of time, and God is the “Eternal Now.” So stop, take a deep breath and realize the kingdom of Heaven is present within you. Contemplate you are in a relationship with the “resurrected Christ” and his Kingdom is present and alive in your heart. Practice the wonderment of the now and enjoy the presence of God in whatever is happening to you at this moment. Focus on the existence of God and the fullness of his kingdom is yours right now. The Kingdom of God is within you.

Amen

After my class, I drove to Atlanta detouring via Cumming where I spent an evening with a friend, Marty, her sister Becca and their mom Martha. We shared a walk on Martha’s labyrinth as the sun was getting low in the West. We then enjoyed a dinner on the porch watching the sun do it final hurrah for the day. It was a perfect evening.

We discussed anything and everything, including Barbara Brown Taylor with whom the Kiser and Wayt families share a special friendship of over 40 years, Courtney Cowart and her work at 9/11 Ground Sero, labyrinths,friendship, Richard Rohr, enneagrams, thin places,history, and mutual friends such as the Campbell family…I drove away energized and feeling both loved and nurtured.

And as I drove to Atlanta, and once I entered Georgia, I turned on Georgia public radio. I thought you would want know that today is the first day that Vidalia onions are available. There are only 10,000 acres that are allowed to grow Vidalia onions, the official Georgia vegetable. Also, they will be available until August.

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