Peace for your Path...

"peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." (unknown)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

thank you for this reminder....

Marcia Nielson, a member of the Good Shepherd Labyrinth Committee (and
its most loving Gardener) just sent me this picture she took in
Ireland. Such a beautiful reminder of the purpose of the Path. Thank
you, Marcia!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

from one of my favorite books.....

"The transfiguration of anger is a movement from rage to outrage. Rage implies an internalized emotion, a tempest within. Rage, or what might be called untransfigured anger, can become a calcified bitterness. What rage wants and needs is to move outward toward positive social purpose, to become a creative force or energy that changes the conditions that created it. It needs to become out-rage.

Outrage is love's wild and unacknowledged sister. She is the one who recognizes feminine injury, stands on the roof, and announces it if she has to, then jumps into the fray to change it. She is the one grappling with her life, reconfiguring it, struggling to find liberating ways of relating. She is the one who never bores God or Goddess."

- Sue Monk Kidd

from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine (p. 186)

Monday, November 9, 2009

seeking the symmetry of the soul: a reflection on an amazing week

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my numerous photos (33 and still counting) posted here on my blog of my trip to my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky the week before last. I had the incredible opportunity of attending SEEKING THE SYMMETRY OF THE SOUL: BIENNIAL LABYRINTH CONFERENCE October 26-30th at the Louisville Seminary. It was truly an amazing week.....

Our first three days consisted of intense lecture and hands-on learning exercises with Robert Ferre of Labyrinth Enterprises. Robert is one of the best known and most respected labyrinth builders in the world. His "Labyrinth Making MASTER CLASS" was very intense as we studied in-depth about sacred geometry and labyrinth history and construction techniques.

The final two days we had the pleasure (and physical challenge!) of actually BUILDING a permanent labyrinth. This building project was a joint effort of three well-known, very highly respected Louisville establishments: The Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Sullivan University and Historic Farmington. Long hours of planning and intense work went into this team endeavor long before any of us took our first measurements or laid our first brick.

Though I had to leave to catch my flight back here to Florida a couple of hours before our labyrinth was completed, I thoroughly cherished every moment of the construction process. I loved taking measurements, lugging sand, troweling trenches, carrying bricks and placing them in place to make our brick and grass path.

I am sure I left part of my soul in the soil....and I know I am a better person for it.

Special thanks to David Sawyer of Louisville Seminary, Renee Rust-Yarmuth of Sullivan University and Robert Ferre of Labyrinth Enterprises. Thanks to the staff of Farmington as well....Thanks, too, to all my new labyrinth friends around the world. I will always remember our fellowship.

My trip could not have been possible without the love and unending support of my husband, Scott, and the prayers of our son, Dylan, who kept things going here at home during my five nights away (and met me at the airport with flowers - thanks, Loves!). Ann, Steve, Jake, Davis and Matthew, thanks for your hospitality and for all your love, too. Virginia, you are the BEST!!! Lisa and Maddie, I loved seeing you guys, too. Ann Mary, what would I do without you? I treasure you all....