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Walk with me

July 5, 2010

Sometimes, one doesn’t know what one needs until that elusive thing has been found. And then, when the unrecognizable hunger has been satiated, the soul sings with delight.

That’s how it was yesterday when I arrived at King’s Park on my way to the labyrinth. Even before I reached the labyrinth, I felt the resounding “Yes!” ring through my body. I walked through the flower garden, smelled the roses, heard the twittering of birds, felt the warm sun and the cooling breeze on my face, and knew that I had come to that place where my soul meets God.

This place – the labyrinth and park that surrounds it – has come to mean so much to me. It opens my heart and my mind. It lifts a shadowy veil from my eyes. It helps me see the world anew. It gives me hope and restores my faith.

It is like an anchor – a safe place in the storm.

I have been reading Artful Leadership by Michael Jones of late, and I have been reminded of how crucial silence and solitude are in the work of a leader, artist, or, frankly, anyone who wants to live more deeply and mindfully. We all need to find our places of stillness where our hearts can sing and we are silent enough to hear God speak.

If you haven’t found one of those places lately, what are you waiting for? Go, seek, and find. Rest, be still, wander, breathe deeply, take pictures, write in your journal, pray, listen, whistle – do what you need to do to feel alive and whole.

And then, when you feel that surge of energy and hope in you anew, whisper a prayer of thankfulness for the beauty that surrounds you and the beauty that is in you.

And don’t forget to read between the lines on the petal of an iris – you might be surprised what secrets lie hidden there.

p.s. if you are new here, you might enjoy this little video I made about the labyrinth last year.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2010 10:35 am

    sigh. i seem to be enjoying the silence myself lately. wonderful words to read, yours.

    “And then, when you feel that surge of energy and hope in you anew, whisper a prayer of thankfulness for the beauty that surrounds you and the beauty that is in you.”

    I’m almost there. I’m starting to really sit in this place called thankfulness.
    Amazingly timed post, I’d say.

    Thanks Heather. xo
    Keeley

  2. July 5, 2010 10:41 am

    Heather,

    I don’t need to say this, but I will.

    You and I are living in similar worlds once again. For me–my labyrinth comes in the form of a swimming pool. I have been getting up early each morning to go swim laps and simply float in the water. I don’t know how this idea came to me–but it has made a world of difference in my life–something about floating in all that blue water and watching the palms trees sway in the blue sky— centers me–grounds me—cleanses all that junky junk away.

    I am so grateful for you, my friend.

    And all that you teach us.

    Big hugs,
    Connie

  3. Anvilcloud permalink
    July 5, 2010 10:43 am

    I can see why you would like your labyrinth. You can see our uninspiring version on Cuppa’s blog. I don’t think I’ll be seeking it out often.

  4. Katharine permalink
    July 5, 2010 12:19 pm

    Simple, eloquent, beautiful, Heather – your writing and photography.
    A lovely invitation as I begin my preparation for my silent retreat tomorrow.
    Namaste dear friend.

  5. Janie permalink
    July 5, 2010 1:22 pm

    Heather – beautiful . . . solitude is needed, especially in today’s life. Is your labyrinth near you? Keep posting, I love your words!

  6. Tina permalink
    July 5, 2010 4:43 pm

    Thank you for your words Heather. I needed this reminder!

  7. July 5, 2010 5:18 pm

    Mmmm. Beautiful and oh-so-appropriate. “Where my soul meets God” – Yes. Where I want to live each day.

    Thank you.

  8. July 6, 2010 3:37 am

    Beautiful photography. So true, about needing alone-ness, quiet space and time. I am off on my first retreat in just 10 days, I am so excited! First, I have to get through the pulling of a wisdom tooth with plenty of other frantic i’s to dot and t’s to cross. It will be the first time I will be truly alone since my son was born over seven years ago. It is well over due.

  9. July 6, 2010 8:26 am

    Heather,

    Oh my goodness! What gorgeous pictures! (And, as an aside, I want your swirly ring. Where did you find it? That’s sort of my “signature” thing.)

    Your posts have such a nice feeling about them. I always leave here uplifted somehow.

    Thank you for that. 🙂

  10. July 6, 2010 12:58 pm

    I know this place. Thank you for the chance to meet you there. What a glorious walk into beauty…

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