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.
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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.”
* Cheers to my friends in the southern hemisphere who greeted their vernal equinox today.
If you haven’t had enough about mindfulness yet, here is an announcement I got for an online event called, “Lucid Living:Waking Up to Life” with Timothy Freke. It’s tomorrow, September 23rd, starting at noon PDT (3 pm EDT) and lasting 2 hours. It’s only $10.
Here’s the description:
Are you sleepwalking through your life, afraid to wake up? Have you lost touch with the awesome vastness and possibilities of life?
Tim teaches you:
the hidden message at the heart of all the world’s great spiritual traditions the three key insights that will help wake you from your dream to enjoy the ecstasy of being a simple technique that will enable you to experience your essential oneness with all things the pivotal role of big love in alleviating our personal and collective suffering how you can become a key player in our collective awakening
For more info, or to register through Hay House, click here.