“The Safety Net I’ve Been Tangled In” Reflections of a Labyrinth Walker

“I wrote “The safety net I’ve been tangled in” on my tag, and focused on letting go, trusting that I can give the line some slack, and still be safe.  Thoughts that came to mind were irony that something meant as a back-up/protection could backfire or morph into something imprisoning me; sometimes the “safe” path is the riskier path, because of missed opportunities; there is SO much out there – so much goodness – available to be plucked, ripe from the tree, or to be discovered by a stumbling of feet, exploring new territory.
“Also, to hear my child describe how she prayed at the Magnolia- something that came to her without any instruction from me – was rewarding and brought joy to my heart. (At the 1080 Laughing Labyrinth)
“Now…today at LLOTP was a different experience. (“Little Labyrinth On The Prairie” The nick name this family has for the Prairie Labyrinth at Indian Creek Nature Center) I won’t drag you into the details preceding my decision to head out and take a spin in the labyrinth, except for to say it was to clear my head and seek solace.  For the first half of my walk inside, there was a numbness – a feeling of being only aware of my lower half following the curves in the path.  At the center, when the caterpillar and I crossed paths, it was the “Aha! from the Universe” (a good band name, don’t you think?) – and lots of messages of “it will be okay”, “some things remain constant, even in times of big change”, “don’t be afraid of some change” (from Enter, Rejoice, and Come In), and boosts of confidence to face fear head-on.  So, very glad I decided to go out there and be protected by the grasses.”

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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