This photo is of the labyrinth I walked at Well of Mercy, in Harmony, NC. On their web site they describe it as, “similar to the one on the floor of Charters Cathedral in France, which dates back to the 13th century… An ancient tool, a meandering but purposeful path leading to a center and out again. Those walking the labyrinth meander back and forth, turning 180 degrees each time they enter a different circuit. As they shift direction, it is said that they also shift awareness between the right brain and the left.”
I was attracted to the beauty of this labyrinth, situated on a hill overlooking forest and hills. I figured it would complement an intentional walk in the evening air. The ancient essence of this walk was also attractive for me.
As I walked I took note of how the shorter paths kept me conscious of my steps and turns. Further into the walk with lengthened paths and the turns further apart I noticed how my pace slowed and I was more in the moment.
This reminded me of times in my life when I start a task or learn something new. At the onset of these endeavors I am more conscious of what I am doing – before it becomes wrote, easier and relaxed. Later, I am acting without so much thought, flowing naturally, and enjoying the results of the action and the view along the path.
As I walked I revisited each view from the labyrinth over and over. Yet, each time I experienced something different. Be it a simple change in light, a bird or animal on a path, or how the green of the trees varied from tree to tree. I found myself paying less attention to my feet and the path and more engaged with nature.
I’ve decided that I will keep this walk in mind as I walk through life. Remembering to:
- Slow down.
- Knowing it is OK to revisit a path.
- Not quit when the end is in sight but not yet attainable.
- Enjoy the journey.
- Taking time for gratitude for what crosses my path.
If you have enjoyed a walk, on or off of a labyrinth, please share your finding, thoughts and feeling in the comments below.
Retreat Coach Karen McMillan | YINpreneur