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 Gidding: We 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.