Day 9: January 9
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Definition
Finding myself in the downtown section today, I thought I would revisit an area I am intending to add service to in building a labyrinth. Their is a memorial heavy with intense feeling that a labyrinth might move in a healthy way. For the past few days there seems to be a direction calling forth service with the labyrinth and today I happened to catch the end of a tribute ceremony of survivors. In speaking with an individual that has found a mission as a daily guardian for the site, the grassy area that seemed a natural place to add a labyrinth seemed to hold something of sacred persuasion and where many walked across it, he suddenly became protective of any intrusion, including the aid of a labyrinth of which he was unfamiliar.
It is a reminder to move with respect and consider all parties in what is offered. A few told me of their stories in a more open way than in prior visits and I realized that time was passing and shock had moved a bit into the natural grief process for this community. Listening was the best response and in hearing the stories, much time would have to pass for the healing to process. We tend to be in the moment when tragedy strikes with compassion, though it ebbs as our life moves on forgetting the continued need and simple acts of those who are struggling or still finding a way to make sense of what does not. The thought occurred to me that instead of using other community members in the building, it would better serve the families of this tragedy to come together in the healing of creating it themselves. In this way so much more could be offered. As I drew out a design for one curious individual, I also found another who shared the resources that would best integrate this idea more delicately.
The honesty of these moments today would best be described as humbling, heartfelt and hopeful.
Suggestion for your walk:
When we honestly put service for others in place, what do we gain?
TLS 365 Experience 2018: The Year of Living Honestly
Whether it’s a daily walk, teaching others, sharing an experience, expressions of art, building or design, we explore the questions of what brings us to honesty in our use of the labyrinth.
In a world of emerging truth, the labyrinth is a great experience to discover more of what is right and true about ourselves and humanity. Join us in sharing the honest moments it reveals.
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