First Night Back Walk

Just shy of 24 hours back from the Alaska trip, I walked the Labyrinth in the dark.  Then, Wednesday I mowed the paths and today clipped and scattered seed heads.  Mostly of Black Eyed Susans and some cone flowers.  Many remain in part because they are not ripe and in part because I could not easily get them and they are pretty in and of themselves.

Colorful late blooms and rich chocolate-colored seed heads of the Black Eyed Susans.

Initially, having just come out of the lit house, my night vision was poor.  But, I know the path well so began.  Muscle memory kept me on the curve of the path. Car and neighboring lights hindered my progress so I slowed down, shielded my eyes and felt my way along.  The now tall grasses and crazy white vervain that lops across the path started and distracted me.  Where the path narrowed, I felt concern that I would not make it through, although I knew I would.  As the path widened, because I measured wrong, my steps were more sure and quick.  Under the drip line of the Magnolia tree I stooped to pass the low hanging branches.  By the Center my eyes had adjusted to the dark and the feeling of being in the shelter of the Tree and in the heart of the Labyrinth itself was re-assuring. Being home was good. Remembering the trip was good.  The walk out was confident and quick.

Mowing.  Well, I am no fan of the task, but the path needed defining.  So, I donned my heavy shoes and tied a bandana around my face so I would not breathe the pollen and dust and did the job.  Now, to go back to trim some.

Wild White Vervain about takes over the entry to the 1080 Laughing Labyrinth. It is a laugh, too!

And, today, cutting and scattering seed heads was lots of fun.  I can see where prairie plants have grown this year in spite of the drought.  I like this labyrinth and believe it is a holy and spiritual place.  The deer must think so, too, but I think their motive is food!  Darn things!  Ha!


About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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