labyrinth

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:

the light of the morning

picture by Patricia

And this is what it was like by noon:

the light of noon

ohhhhh, so lovely

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.

tider out

The man dove off the pier and swam almost to the road at the top of the picture before he was out of water.

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.

labyrinth 1

from this “seed” the labyrinth can be drawn – one step at a time.

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The labyrinth is not a maze. It is a path for calming yourself . . . or for praying. From a walk on the path you might come up with some words like these few from the poet, Patrick Kavanagh, in his poem, October: the prayering that the earth offers.

And

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:

sand patterns from the tide's ebb

patterns in the sand

sign in the sand

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.

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7 Comments

  1. Dancers, hands high
    Celebrating
    Like children
    Joy in where they are going
    And where they have been
    A stone strong heart

    Have a safe trip home.

    Ed and Cindy

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  2. I surely have never been “Dropped” thirteen times before, ( In one day! ) But persistence was so worth it, Thank you for the breath taking views from your front porch, Oh to wake up to such “never endings” What a gift each day that would be! ( Oops, please cows don’t take offense!) Have a fun last day in Dublin, Come back to us with your hearts full, Know you been missed and are loved so “very” nn

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  3. First thought like Ed and Cindy’s but also thought of dancing flames! It’s our heart that keeps beating until “the end of our days” wherever we are on lifes labyrinth. You ARE held in our hearts and prayers AND in God’s almighty hands! Enjoy your family time in Minnesota. C U in Jan.
    Ron and Susie

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  4. It reminds me of the flams that have grown in your heats for you joy in Ireland. May you leave a little of your heart with those you have met. Thanks for all you have shared – it was almost like being there!
    Safe flying and enjoy those families and especialy the grands. Have fun with the next adventure. Hugs, Fay

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  5. And the end of all exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And to know the place for the first time.
    T.S.Eliot
    Love you both, patti and keenan too

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  6. dearest phil and patricia, there’s plenty of land space here on the campus of st. A for a labyrinth! i have walked the ones at St. Andrew episcopal in Sedona arizona (right in the middle of their parking lot!) and the smaller one at Church of the Epiphany in Flagstaff AZ. easy to make. would be lovely here after your experiences with the richness and kindness of the labyrinth. glad you are safe and sound on minnesota soil again. hugs. linda lee and yukie

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  7. Bob and Jean McCue September 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Bob and Jeanne mccue
    To Phil and Patricia
    We have been watching and reading and imagining the excitement,
    and wonder and delight in the beauty and goodness of your journey.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us…

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