Walking the road of life

By November 20, 2014 Blog No Comments

Having had some experience in my workplace with the use of finger labyrinths as a meditation device, I was keen to attend the recent Postcard Radio event, giving the opportunity to walk a labyrinth.

Rev Rick Zweck gave us a wonderful introduction to the use of labyrinths throughout history, and across the world, drawing a wonderful link between a pilgrimage walk and that of the labyrinth.

‘Buen Camino’, the greeting between travelers on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage walk became our launching point, wishing each other a ‘good path’ as we embarked as a collective of pilgrims but also as individuals on a personal walk.

Labyrinth walks have been used for a long time as a metaphor for our own ‘path through life’ and I found the experience very much reflected my life at the moment. The thoughts that came to me during my labyrinth walk included: “this is harder than it looks”, “Am I doing this right?” and the ever present (parents familiar with this one), “Are we there yet?”. These were all thoughts I’ve had recently in life.

As is true in life, I found I wasn’t very good at walking the labyrinth without getting carried away with my own agenda, what I thought I should be experiencing. Realising (again) how much I suck at ‘this’, ‘this’ being labyrinth walking and negotiating life’s path.

Hopefully this realisation  is the renewing of a different kind of walk, a walk of faith, even though I seem to need the realisation every day, because I seem to suck (be human) every single day.

I can’t help but wonder if TS Eliot says it better in his poem Little GiddingWe shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

Heavenly Father I need your help: not just for choosing the path, direction, or route, but for every footfall. Not for every day, hour or minute but moment by moment.

Buen Camino fellow travelers.