A great honor to print reflections by spiritual seeker, Karie Tegeler. She has participated in the labyrinth workshops at Indian Creek Nature Center and walked a number of labyrinths in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She refers especially to The Prairie Labyrinth at Indian Creek Nature Center and The Laughing Labyrinth.
“I am starting the New Year off with clearing my plate of past projects that I have wanted to get done. Today was a perfect day to write. I am enclosing an article on my labyrinth experience that I wanted to share with you. I have attached some photos as well that tell the story.
“Happy New Year, my friend! Karie
“Quite simply…I love nature….Why?…because it shows me how to prepare for the rhythm of my life. The seasons unfold before me time and time again…revealing a world of beauty and vitality that always captures my attention. And, at the same time, it teaches me how fleeting and perishable life can be in times of struggle. My daily walks in nature allow me to observe and connect to the richness of the landscape.
“Imagine my delight when I discovered the world of outdoor labyrinths…the ever-changing scenery with a spiritual connection! A place I can enter with the intent to slow down and reflect on life…my life. And, when I exit…I always find I have a renewed sense of hope and balance…I am replenished…and for that I am grateful.
“Last year when I found myself in the midst of a health concern, I walked two labyrinths to calm, center and connect with myself. As my medical journey unfolded with a series of tests, surgery and then an unexpected ER visit…I found myself in dire need of healing energy. I am a fighter and an optimist… back to the labyrinths I went for support as I began my recovery. They did not disappoint… I found the power of myself once again.
“According to Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book…Gift from the Sea…I am in the Argonaut stage of life. My “shell” has been weathered over the years…and some days I am just trying to hold it all together so it doesn’t crack or crumble any further. It’s been a wonderful shell that continues to give me mobility. So what if has a few dings…worn spots…and is a bit faded.
“I love walking life’s journey and walking the labyrinth…both are quite similar experiences to me. Regardless of the phase of life one is in…both are on an inward pathway leading to the center of self-discovery. Together they bring about personal growth…finding one’s natural balance…and celebrating the joy of living in the moment.”