Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Trusting the Path, Despite the Pandemic

I am taking some time to reflect on a very different kind of year at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. As of early March 2020 it became apparent that our planned schedule of community events needed to be put on indefinite hold. But the "labyrinth keeper" in me realized there was still something that I could do.  Following is a diary of the year...

Grant Snider labyrinth illustration


Thankful for these posts that helped to continue building awareness of our lovely labyrinth:

Ottawa Road Trips - 10 Things you Didn't know about Carleton Place
Getting on Travel - An Ottawa Road Trip - includes CP Labyrinth

APRIL 2020

April 8 - Garden tending.  For most of April I would go to the labyrinth - and tend one garden at a time; trimming the grasses - and feeling better for being there - working away quietly and meditatively. 

Spring garden cleanup at the labyrinth

April 18 - Labyrinth opens. Message of encouragement at the start of this year's journal. 

Journal at Carleton Place Labyrinth

April 29 - Stones of encouragement left in the labyrinth mailbox. 

Stones of Encouragement
MAY 2020

May 2 - Solo World Labyrinth Day walk - feeling centered and grounded.

Painted stone on Chartres Labyrinth bench
May 13 - My labyrinth walk, finding art (Hope!) along the path
Hope stone on Carleton Place Labyrinth
JUNE 2020

June 7 Thought for today's labyrinth walk... dawdle and walk aimlessly - inspired by Thich Nhat Hahn

The mind can go in a thousand directions
June 8 A gift of stones left at the labyrinth
June 23 Rainbow of hope mosaic, created by Christine Hume Mosaics. (Wherein I participate in an online project called "Mosaic a Rainbow of Hope" organized by my mosaic teacher Suzanne Spahi, in Italy!)
Rainbow of Hope Mosaic by Christine Hume
JULY 2020

July 7 Picnic and barefoot labyrinth walk

Picnic beside labyrinth


2020 Journal Entries... So good to know people are finding solace in walking the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth during these challenging times!

Labyrinth Journal Entries


In the Fall we reopened - it was good to be able to offer several community events.

September 6 - Drone photo taken of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth! (Photo credit: Sean Kilpatrick)Drone photo CP Labyrinth Sean KilpatrickSeptember 6 and 20 - Yoga at the Labyrinth.

Yoga mats on labyrinth 

October 4 - St. Francis Day walk with your companion animals!

St. Francis day walk with companion animals

Cats and St. Francis Blessing

While this year has been challenging on many levels, tending and walking the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth has kept me grounded and encouraged me to follow my intuition and simply trust the path! A very good reminder that things are often "solved by walking"... See you at the Labyrinth :)

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