Today is our last full day at Kells. Tomorrow at 8:00 we leave for Dublin with a flight the following morning at 6:20 am for Duluth, Minnesota.
Oh how we will miss Kells and the people of Ireland.
Yet, we are very excited for the privilege of being with children and grandchildren over the next three weeks.
If you read the whole post you’ll find directions from Andrew Honeyman for making a labyrinth at your church, or in your yard, on the sand of Siesta. Am wondering about the possibility of beginning an am labyrinth walk weekly on Siesta . . . hmmm.
Anyway, this is how our day began:
And this is what it was like by noon:
At noon water was very low from the tide being out. Where Patricia is standing, yesterday at about 6:00 pm a man was swimming in 25 feet of water. The ebb and flow continues to amaze us both.
If you want to make an impermanent labyrinth like this one – or a more permanent one in your garden or yard – this pattern of designing it will work easily. Remember that it is a very ancient pattern – much older and very much simpler than the one at Chartres.
We have used the labyrinth as a ritual for “centering” or “quieting” or “focusing” or “opening” or “listening”. It has many uses. Yesterday I walked into the center of the one we made at Rossbeigh Beach asking to let go of my resistance to leaving here. At the center I was facing West and into the sun lowering behind the hills and glistening a powerful light on the the water. What came to me was the constancy of the pattern of the waves, cresting and falling and washing onto the beach sand . . . over and over and over and over again. So as I walked out I gave thanks for the constancy of what we have opened ourselves to here in this ancient land. I feel quite sure it will continue to wash over us and over us and over us and over us again. I am ready to fly to Duluth . . . jut not quite yet.
Andrew Honeyman’s nine steps to making this labyrinth. You should try it on paper at home before you go to the beach and make sure you have made the connections you want/need to make.
here are three images
of the prayering
the earth offered,
on the Kells Bay Beach today.
Nature’s way of carving in the sand as the water of the Atlantic Ocean ebbs away with the tidal pull of the moon. Would love for you to reflect on these three images and write a reply with what it is you see/imagine:
May you at times of transition in your life be met by the prayering of the earth.
May the patterns of nature stir your imagination.
May you be guided beyond what you already know and believe to new beginnings.
May the play of the shadows of clouds on land delight you.
May the sound of water lapping against the shore calm and soothe you.
May the ache of your heart be lifted by the joyful song of little birds.
May your prayering lead you out of yourself and into the lives of those in need.