Perfect Moment Monday: Labyrinth

September 22, 2008

in Mindfulness, Perfect Moment

Do you know the difference between a maze and a labyrinth? The best explanation I found is that “a Maze is multicursal, or a series of paths with dead ends and can be quite frustrating. A Labyrinth is unicursal, meaning it has only one path and no dead ends.”

I spent the moment of autumnal equinox* (9:44 am, MDT) in a labyrinth on a walking meditation.

(The Carousel building in the old Elitch Gardens — click to make bigger).

Since taking energy classes with Ethel, I have tried to meditate on the solstices and equinoxes and feel the rhythm of Mother Earth and her place with Father Sky. Here is a diagram I carry in my head:

The wave represents energy itself (vibration and ripple are two other physics and metaphysical terms), and it reminds me of the significance of the parts of the cycle: the two extremes and the midpoints. (You could superimpose the four weeks of a menstrual or moon cycle here as well.)

Today is the day the earth is at the in-between point. A time of change. A time to become fluid and open to the path ahead.

As I walked, I felt a few moments of connection and peace. I practiced tonglen, breathing in fear and anxiety held by myself and others, holding them a moment in my heart and transforming the fear into love energy while breathing out. I was able to focus for, well, I don’t know for how long.

It was a beautiful string of Perfect Moments. Not because of what happened to me, but because of what happened in me.

Leave a comment this week with a link to your Perfect Moment, or the Moment itself. I’ll move up to the body of this post as the week goes by.

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Click here for previous collections of Perfect Moments. Now. What Perfect Moment have you recently been aware of?

1. Susan found her get-up-and-go.

2. JV sees his future life pass before his eyes as he shares a baseball game with his son.

3. Martha poignantly eases a child’s burden by remembering his father.

4. Luna and her husband are the bread in a borrowed-baby sandwich

5. Ms Planner feels her momishness in a deep way. Look at the photo and just try not to go, “Awwwwwww.”

6. Furrow finds perfection in peforming a civic duty: “today, the voter registration drive I helped organized registered over 100 new voters. Yay! Doing it again tomorrow, too. Pretty perfect, I’d say.”

7. Yours?

* Cheers to my friends in the southern hemisphere who greeted their vernal equinox today.

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    { 10 comments… read them below or add one }

    luna April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I love your perfect moment, and how you mark the significance of tis incredible shift in energy.

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    Spicy Sister April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    what an inspiring moment of mindfulness and peace. Thanks for sharing!

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    Melissa April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    It’s so nice to officially greet Fall.. hands down, it’s my favorite season.. what is not to love?My PMM is out on the golf course (again). Hey, it’s the only time I’m allowed out!! LOL

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    Ms. Planner April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Wow. I loved reading about your perfect moment and your thoughts about the equinox. I’m amazed and in awe regarding the length of your meditation practice. So focused…Here is my perfect moment from last Sunday. A moment of awareness of my own importance in someone’s life, if you will. Gosh that sounds narcissistic. Sorry it has taken me so long to publish it today:Today while sitting on someone else’s lap, Missy began looking around – agitated – and then began to whimper. I moved into her view. She calmed and smiled.Later, in her evening bath, she looked up at me and I could see – I mean, really see – love in her eyes.

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    Wishing 4 One April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Great post, I learned alot. Oh thanks, your 222 story was amazing! Thanks so much for pointing me to it.

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    Denise April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I never actually knew the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. Thanks for edumacating me!

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    luna April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    thanks for including my perfect moment. usually on mondays I tend to write about how hard it is to be at work… we were indeed the bread to her baby’wich. it was like a little love-fest.

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    Furrow April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    OH! you’ll like this one, too… today, the voter registration drive I helped organized registered over 100 new voters. Yay! Doing it again tomorrow, too. Pretty perfect, I’d say.

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    Furrow April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Dang it! I posted yesterday and it didn’t go through. I’m a bad blog friend lately. Too busy. I hate busy. Actually, kind of like it. But hate when it interferes with my blog reading. Had some perfect moments. Involved city-foraged apples and unseasonably crisp days. will catch up soon….

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    Kami April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Perfect moment Wednesday? coming here and feeling the good vibes from reading other people’s perfect moments.

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