Sunday, September 11, 2011

Labyrinth Meditation



September 11 is my mother's birthday (she passed in 2006) as well as a day to honor those who lost their lives in 2001.  I decided to do a walking meditation to honor both  by visiting the local labyrinth, tucked into a mountain cove not far from my house.




I took with me a stone, engraved with the word peace, a sunflower from my garden and a scrap of paper with Happy Birthday Mom written on it.  It was the perfect day - blue sky, a hint of fall in the air and brilliant sunshine.  Not a soul was nearby - I had the place to myself.  I placed the stone at the entrance which is guarded by twin trees.  The path in is littered with stones, trinkets and personal items placed there by many who use this lovely labyrinth.


I walked slowly and deliberately, chanting silently to the center.  I placed my flower next to and tucked my note under a small statue of Kwan Yin, the Bodhisattva of compassion, wishing my mom a very Happy  94th Birthday.  I spent a few minutes in the center rotating around to take in all of the details of this serene wooded setting and began my slow walk out, stopping to pick up a tiny spotted feather I had not noticed before.  I took the feather as a good sign,  for birds are symbols that connect this world with the next.  My mother got her message, I felt.





When I got home I sat outside on the deck for a while watching the birds at the feeder and a brilliant orange butterfly hovered over my heart and stopped there for the briefest moment before fluttering away.   I was delighted - I  felt I had been visited by a sprite or fairy!

I have been thinking of making a change in my life and this seemed to tell me to go with it - butterflies mean transformation and change and so does the color orange. Orange also means creativity which fits perfectly with my dreams of change.  Nature talks to us if we only stop to listen.


The labyrinth is available for all to use during daylight hours and lies on the property of a private residence.  They offer alternative healings at and labyrinth retreats.  Please do visit their web site to learn more - The Labyrinth Center.

19 comments:

Cindy said...

Looks like such a peaceful place. Happy Birthday to your mom!!!
Visiting from Mosaic Monday :)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Our church has a labyrinth in the back and I find it both soothing and inspiring to walk. Your pictures are lovely.

Carletta said...

What a lovely touching post in word and photo!
I do believe your Mom got her message and I wish you success in your new endeavors.

Leora said...

What a lovely site. Nice for peaceful contemplation and for thinking about missed loved ones.

Lavender Cottage said...

Several years ago I helped with the planting of native flowers and grasses at a newly constructed labyrinth. It sat on a hill for the patients in the cancer section of the hospital to be able to look out at.
It was hoped their family members could find peace by walking it.
I'm glad you were inspired to walk this one and able to pay tribute to your Mom's birthday as well.

Genie said...

I truly believe that the spirits of our loved ones come back to visit us in the form of butterflies. Maybe someone told me this when I was a little girl because I have been thinking it for years and years. When a friend loses a loved one, I like to give them a little stained glass butterfly to hand somewhere close to them. It is just something I love to do. Reading the story of your pilgrimage today touched my heart deeply. It was such a lovely story. Thank you ever so much for sharing it with us. Take care, and have a wonderful week. You have certainly given me much to think about this evening before I fall asleep. I just know your mom knew you were there, and she was that beautiful yellow butterfly coming to say “thank you” and “I love you.” genie

Pondside said...

It was so generous of you to share this very personal time with us. There are several labyrinths near here, and I know the effect that time in one can have. I hope that whatever change you make goes well for you.

Teresa said...

What a beautiful and serene place. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful place. I'm hoping some day to be able to build a labyrinth on my property.

Nikki said...

Thankyou so much for sharing. What a peaceful and soul filled place...

Gemma Wiseman said...

O such beautiful, calming thoughts in this post! A feeling of meditation filters through your words! Wonderful!

Fuzzy Tales said...

How absolutely lovely, a wonderful way to remember and honour those who have passed.

Wishing you universal Light and Blessings as you journey along a new path. :-)

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Such a nice peaceful place :)

eileeninmd said...

A very touching post. What a lovely place, happy birthday to your MOM. Wonderful photos! Have a great week!

GrandmaK said...

Wonderful post! I too enjoy a walk in the Labyrinth. There is one at Saint Mayr-of-the Woods. On a beautiful fall day or spring afternoon if I am there it is a time of real peace and quiet! Thank you! Cathy

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow. What a most beautiful and meaningful way to remember your mum and to wish for peace and love. I think you were truly blessed by your mum's spirit visiting you through that amazing vivid butterfly. Happy birthday to your angel mum. Take care
x

Snap said...

Beautiful post. Happy Birthday to your Mother. Walking a labyrinth can be so calming and healing. Wishing you well.

LauraX said...

beautiful photos...so much peace to open into when walking a labyrinth.

SmilingSally said...

How thoughtful, Cheri.

Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday.

My Little Home and Garden said...

I am so glad I paused to read your post. It is clearly a very meaningful spot to many in your area, as well as a beautiful one.
-Karen

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