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Monday, February 13, 2012

Walking the Labyrinth

First Prebsyterian Church of Twin Falls

Walking the Labyrinth
This week Kerry and I walked a Labyrinth in the First Presbyterian Church of Twin Falls.
This is one of the many things on my list I want to do this year. It is my goal to find and walk on as many Labyrinth's as I can. I am on a spiritual journey this year. Having almost died this year by heart failure after my knee surgery my body has been under internal stress. I say that I am rebuilding a body since each month some part of my body has shut down, spine, lungs, ears, eyes etc..... But each time I have been able to recover. I am told it's a two year process.
So as I continue with my health journey, my spiritual journey has become a strong yearning.

There is no right way to walk the labyrinth. You only have to enter and follow the path. Your walk can encompass a variety of attitudes. It may be joyous, thoughtful, prayerful or you may use it as a walking meditation.
Some general guidelines for your walk.:
Focus, pause and wait at the entrance. Become quiet and centered. Enter.
Experience: Walk purposeful. Observe the process. When you reach the center, stay there and focus for a few moments. Leave when it seems appropriate. Be attentive as you retrace the path in exiting.
Exit: Turn and face the entrance. Acknowledge the ending with a bow or an "Amen".
Reflect: After walking the labyrinth, reflect back on your experience. Some find journaling or drawing as a way to capture the experience.
Walk Often.
This was truly a pleasant experience. Kerry enjoyed the meditation as well and told me later that he would like to build a labyrinth in our yard around the olive tree we are planning to plant the summer.
Be Inspired,

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