The Labyrinth of Light is a winter solstice celebration in Vancouver, British Columbia. Even though we're approaching the summer solstice, not the winter one, I found this picture haunting. Apparently the labyrinth was created with over 700 candles made of pure beeswax.
One of my favorite spiritual practices is walking a labyrinth. I haven't been able to do it in several years, but I remember the feeling of following a path that looks like it's going nowhere, but knowing there was a destination. My feet and my heart drew me ever closer to the center.
Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way. It's a walking meditation and a path of prayer. It's a time to contemplate, to focus deeply, to reflect on who you are and on God.
Last Friday I had foot surgery to correct arthritis damage to two toes. I have had day surgeries before and in general they go, just as this one did. But as I waited to be taken in to surgery I began to think of the consequences of my doing this. The benefits are easy to name, the primary ones are, being able to wear my shoes comfortably again and being able to walk without pain in my feet. But there are also consequences and benefits I hadn’t considered.
For example, I wasn’t going to make an InterPlay group on Saturday that I really wanted to attend, and I wouldn’t be able to make it to church on Sunday. In fact not until next Thursday will I be able to leave the house.
In addition to being stuck in the house my foot hurts, a lot, and because I can’t take the more popular
Drawing a Cretan or Classical Labyrinth
Note: the artist is making a right hand labyrinth, instruction are for a left hand labyrinth.
The method is the same; the difference is the starting point,
which is from the top left hand short angle line to the top long center line.
I love walking a labyrinth, whether in an indoor or outdoor setting. It is one of the best ways to find the stillness within I need to hear the voice of the Divine. But sometimes I am nowhere near a labyrinth, so in that case I will use a finger labyrinth. But I don’t always carry one with you, so, what I do is draw my own labyrinth. Drawing a labyrinth can also be a meditative act, which can be done anywhere or anytime I have a few moments to spare.
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