Where does the path lead?
Always from here to there, no matter where you start from. It’s the season of the sojourn as we travel seeking many a thing, feeling or the people that shape us. Tis a time of importance on the path because even when we are not out traveling with the physical body, we just might be making mental milestones or emotional epiphanies too. The spiritual sojourn is always an opportunity in our daily commitments and as we all know in walking, it can be the place that brings our other parts together so well.
On the travels far and wide of the summer, or just in your neck of the woods, look for the patterns that create a labyrinth and you may find there is a reflection of it the world over. The labyrinth is present everywhere and in many a place too. If you recall the blogs of earlier posts, an investigation of the curious nature revealed the labyrinth in the clouds, seeds, and on the shoreline created by nature alone.
The photo above is one taken of the many helpers that came to move the former bricks of this labyrinth into the community, so beyond our own movements, there is even a journey of the labyrinth itself. It moves from a more singular purpose to a larger opportunity in scope.
Enjoy this feast for the feet or fingers today and enjoy the internal labyrinth as you take the many circuitous paths that flow through your body onto the labyrinth to align all in walking. Think circulations system, digestive, canals, finger prints and even your brain… all samples of the internal labyrinth.
Internal Labyrinth Movement
It is often said that we have two brains and one of them is in the belly. It powered by the wisdom of the gut and it’s intelligence is found in being able to distinguish what we take into our bodies and how to process the many different items into nutrient and waste. Our bodies are quite efficient at the cycle of intake and exit until we add factors such as stress and disease to complicate it all.
When looking at the natural world, it is relevant to look within to understand that there are many mechanisms in the body that resemble the labyrinth with its many turns, shifts and progression to a goal. It would stand to reason then when one takes a healthy look at the digestive process to find it very much is a labyrinth working internally. Coming from the small intestine to the large there is a winding path of process knowing exactly the steps to take from intake to exit with movement and separation and absorption all happening inside while outside you may be taking the same steps along the path of a labyrinth.
It is fascinating to realize that each step may be a healthy digestive expression and quite possibly when focused on, can aid us intentionally toward better health and well being.
My labyrinth walk today was full of the gurgles and low growls that are a part of the body’s wisdom. I think my internal was speaking to my external steps all in happy alignment as indeed it is good to have things all working together. Intentionalize and internalize!
I also know from many years of laughter programs that a good consistent bout of laughter, the kind we do in our laughter programs for a period of time can be very releasing in nature and create a lot of helpful digestive movement as well, so perhaps as you walk today… a good belly laugh at each turn will create a happy belly and a healthy belly too.
To your he he health,
Tony Christie in Ireland
Our choice of location can make all the difference in what the labyrinth tells us.
Not only is this one designed on the beach, it is on an Irish beach. Labyrinths find there way into some interesting places and all with a well meaning purpose.
Ours is the chance to take a daily walk, notice, reflect and perhaps to glean some special information. Some of us may walk on a different labyrinth every day, some keep their steps on the same one and others create a variety of ways. It speaks to our purpose and passion as there is no real right or wrong way to labyrinth, just what serves and where it serves as is of note in our conversation of this day.
Our what and how dictate our where and in that small note, perhaps today may have reflections of “where” we have found labyrinth purpose in the scope of our lives. It’s a thought about more than the external locations as well as the internal experiences from those walks. Where we are touched and how we put the experience to task.
Today I was touched by this thought of moving differently realizing that an internal labyrinth of thought and action were playing out for me and in stepping back for perspective I could see the movement between thought, feeling and action responding with purpose and moving back and forth cycling from body to mind to soul, then mind to body, soul to mind until I realized I had an internal labyrinth running the show today…
It’s good to note where you put them and where they simply just appear from a habitual tred.