Well, the moon was void-of-course (a good time for a spiritual retreat) and the sun made a rare appearance so I headed to the park. Returning to the labyrinth is actually a spiritual experience for me.
Yesterday, I chose to slip out of my shoes and walk barefoot, not realizing that those stones grow hot from the southwest sun.
The important thing to remember while walking a labyrinth is that it is a form of walking meditation. You can tap into your spirit guides, chant, contemplate or pray. I usually wait until I’m in the center before praying.
You can leave your troubles behind; all them to melt in the center. You can leave an offering for birds and squirrels in the form of nuts or seeds.
Always bring peace to and leave peace behind in the labyrinth.
I prefer to walk the labyrinth during equinoxes and solstices, but anytime I feel stuck, I also walk the labyrinth to give me forward motion.
You can feel magnetic attraction, and magic happening, listen to the birds sing, and take the whole world in.
Honestly, I don’t know why more people don’t walk this labyrinth. We are so fortunate to have a labyrinth, especially one this exquisite as a permanent structure. Even in Seattle, you can only walk a non-permanent labyrinth once a year at St. Mark’s, on 10th Avenue East.
In Bellingham, you head to Fairhaven Park, walk the trails, take in the creeks, and head to the northeast corner of the park, near the tennis courts and indoor picnic area and you won’t miss the labyrinth. (You can even ride your bike to the labyrinth, but not on it).
Afterwards, you can walk the Interurban Trail as far as you would like to go, even head out to Larrabee State Park on foot.
A thousand mile journey starts with a single step, as the saying goes. Start your journey in the center of a labyrinth. Enjoy the silence and the wisdom gained.