By daylight this wouldn’t be the same, photographed by Candace Porth, Franciscan renewal center in Scottsdale, Arizona
We are blessed with both day and night, dark and light and all kinds of opportunities to see balance in nature. Have you ever considered that wrong is here because right is or that good and evil are the twins of mischief?
Just for a moment consider the necessity of darkness because anyone can smile in the sunshine. It is where we plant the seeds, nourish the womb and rest our little heads when our bodies grow weary. The dark is a necessity of life and when the unknown is lurking in the dark, who is to say it is evil? It is just the unknown and our tendency as humans is to make wrong what we don’t know.
Balance then becomes an essential in life in taking in the unknown of the dark and seeing it perhaps as a learning so that growth can take place. It is natural and the change that happens constantly. Becoming familiar with the great shadow and seeing it as the reminder of what is possible makes all the learning more palatable and in the scheme of balance, understandably necessary.
Enjoy a shadow walk today and ponder the delight of what growth lies ahead. I found that this early, early walk that I took this morning had the newness of the day just peeking over the horizon as I enjoyed the dimness of the hour. It was in the state of anticipating the growing light that I was reminded of the peaceful serene nature of the darkness I was present to.
In that moment and in those steps I enjoyed the fullness of what I did not know, what lay ahead and the great opportunity to place contemplation in my pocket as a companion for the remainder of the walk. In the end, it was a more gratifying experience and some of the things that I was walking with came to a thoughtful conclusion.
May your walk in the shadows present a growing knowing,
Happy Ground Hogs Day!
If it weren’t for this day of weather weirdness, this particular labyrinth might be an obscure portal of peace in the footnote of only enthusiasts in the know. As a result of the Ground Hog’s journey to see his shadow side, a creative a look for the labyrinths in the area was a lighthearted, whimsical, and might I add…a fun opportunity.
This labyrinth was the only to be noted for the area and yes, it is listed on the Labyrinth Locator too. It has somewhat of a cause celebrity status being the only one present in Punxsutawney, the famous location of the yearly Ground Hog’s festival that informs the rest of the world as to the status of our winter forecast.
For this daily walk, I choose to let it be whimsical laying one foot in front of the other in the name of fun. Will I see my shadow and what will it impart? Not being in Punxsutawney for this day, I opted for the Baltic Wheel finger labyrinth I had in my possession for my walk today. I like this design because it imparts to me a sense of movement. I think of it as releasing what is stuck as the flow of the path has fluidity in the long stretches and it is that spiraled center point that almost reminds of releasing everything as if it were a spiraling drain into the center.
No matter where we are all on this day, on the labyrinth we come together and if you are on the Baltic Wheel today, perhaps we will spiral into some lightheartedness together and hold that perspective in exploring the shadow side of the labyrinth and ourselves in it all. The labyrinth has a way of showing us so many things, today perhaps it is the light and darkness and our appreciation of it.
May we all walk lightly in the shadows,