Today was beach labyrinth day! We headed to the beach around 10:30 in the morning, not a cloud in the sky and it is around 70 F. We walked towards Bowman's Beach first, then headed the other way to find the perfect labyrinth making spot. I brought my beach labyrinth making materials with me: step by step instructions from Melissa Gayle West's book ; an image of the Chartres labyrinth; two garden stakes and a long piece of white rope.
Eventually I stuck Pen Shells in the sand to mark each turning point! My friend's mom helped to build a dyke and a wall of Pen Shells to protect the labyrinth from the incoming tide. The wall followed the curve of the edge of the labyrinth - and it helped to contain the space nicely. People were drawn to the space and asked about what I was creating.
The finishing detail was to add small shells in between the petals of the rose at the centre - and then I did the full walk. The most magical moment of all - as I was walking - I sensed something and looked up to see several dolphins cavorting and playing joyfully in the ocean! I stopped for that moment and felt simply amazed by the day and the whole experience. And this simple thought entered my mind:
"Out with the old, in with the new!"
The next morning I went back to find the labyrinth still there and could see some additional footprints on the path. Someone else had enjoyed a meditative walk on my creation! I am now back in the wintery landscape and I know that the beach labyrinth has been washed away - but the feeling of having done this lives on inside of me - and I feel refreshed and energized!