Labyrinth like a Lotus
In my backyard in a small mulched garden bed, I created a simple labyrinth whose path is outlined with my beloved rock collection–some from when I was a young child. I created the shape of a heart, for that is where my joy resides and is often what I try to elicit while walking in my labyrinth. If I am not focused on what brings me joy, I try to figure out what is blocking my joy. Walking a labyrinth is another fabulous way to set your intention into action!
Walking through my labyrinth, I have found that the following 3-part process helps me quickly dispel blockages in order to uncover my joy. It feels like mining a mineral from the earth, then washing off the dirt to produce the sparkle.
Speaking of rocks, I like to hold one in my hand and jiggle it as I walk, finding that it keeps me grounded in the labyrinth and in the present moment.
Before stepping into the labyrinth, I call to mind what needs my attention, my Intention or problem to solve. Next, as I begin my journey into the labyrinth, I start a laundry list of all I wish to RELEASE. What is getting in my way of growing? Lots of negativity shed here.
When I reach the center, I sit and REFLECT upon what my Intention is again.
When I feel more open, I begin my journey back out of the labyrinth, allowing all of the ways that I can RENEW, allowing my Intention or any resolutions to flow in.
There are many ways to engage with a labyrinth and they are easy to make. One can be created from any material: rocks, sticks, pumpkins, plants etc,…. The shape can be varied as long as there is only one path, one way in, one way out (unlike a maze). A simple spiral is all you need.
Here is a seed pattern to spray paint a labyrinth on your lawn or draw on a piece of paper for your finger to follow the path. No matter how you travel, allow your blockages to release, freeing the way for your intentions to bloom.
Excerpt from Self-Knowledge in The Prophet
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does
it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
Melinda Cropsey just published her book, A Quiet, Happy Place, an easy introduction to various types of labyrinths; check it out here, for it is delightful!
Have you ever walked in a labyrinth? If not, what is stopping you? 😉