Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reflections from a Labyrinth Pilgrimage

We had the privilege recently to go on a "Labyrinth Pilgrimage Tour in the Ottawa Valley", facilitated by Ruth Richardson, Registered Nurse and Labyrinth Facilitator. This course was offered through Algonquin College's Personal Development Institute.  We visited seven labyrinth sites in and around Ottawa.  We got to meet the people who created them, hear the stories of their labyrinth journies and had the opportunity to walk a few of them.
Entrance to the Bennett-Lindsay Labyrinth in Burnstown, Ontario
Going through my notes from the Labyrinth Pilgrimage I found some words that I had written after our labyrinth walk in Burnstown.

Sharing with you
A sunny fall day
The mown path before me
Twisting and turning
Uphill and down
Uneven ground
Like my life’s journey
Nature's texture is here
Stalks of tall dry grasses
Seeds pods of new life
Fall softly as I brush by
Soft and woolly plumes
Caress me as I walk on
I sidestep the thistles
Sharp and prickly
The hurts along the way
Like my life’s journey
Wild flowers fading
Colours of yellow, purple and white
Appear unexpectedly
As the smile on my face
The calm in my heart
Celebrating the joy
Of my life’s journey
- Debby Lytle, September 29th, 2012

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