Thursday, October 13, 2011

Meditation and Libation

One of the churches in Corpus Christi has a beautiful Labyrinth in their lower level that I've been meaning to go and walk. I've never done so before, but tonight I had the evening off and decided to drive over to check it out.

A little Labyrinth tutorial: (And no, David Bowie doesn't play a role. Sorry guys.)

There is one path. There are no choices or dead ends. The walk in represents the path of purgation or shedding away. The center is a rosette, which symbolizes Christ. This is called the path of Illumination. You can sit and pray or meditate there once you've arrived. You leave the same way you came, but the walk out is called the path of returning where you bring illumination into the world.

There are many other symbolic aspects, but I will stop here as these are the things that struck me this time.

One of the pleasures of an experience like this is that you can walk it a dozen times and experience something new each time.

This, my first time, I was struck by how awkward I felt. I've never done it, and at first it felt almost silly. But, as I continued to walk, I realized that it didn't matter how silly I felt or thought I looked. What mattered is that I was dedicating my time, myself even to the task. To me it became a symbol for my life. Often, in life, I feel silly or awkward, bit when I begin to focus on the task at hand, the my self-consciousness I remember who I am and that most people feel stupid or silly in their life.

I think I will try this walk again and see if I have a different experience. What I think is great about it is that what you get from it depends on What you bring to it.

Of course, the evening was nicely topped off by a brew at Executive Surf Club.

Cheers and Peace be with you

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! That's pretty cool. I wished I had that when I was there, but I probably wouldn't have appreciated it. I just did meditation for the first time and I loved it.

    Also, I miss Executive Surf Club. I saw some great concerts there.