Trust the Path
Lessons from the Labyrinth
Last Wednesday, while on a self-guided retreat at a local spa, I came upon a labyrinth, designed to inspire a walking meditation. Unlike those high-hedged corn mazes which, based on my sense of direction, would likely have me wandering through the hedges forever, this labyrinth was entirely in view. I set my bare feet on the warm pavement and began walking what first appeared to be a simple spiral. This spiral, however, was not comprised of evenly spaced, concentric rings and that's part of what makes it a labyrinth(1).
As I walked the path, I didn't need to concern myself with figuring anything out. I was certain where the labyrinth led. I could see that it would ultimately bring me to a pile of stones, artfully arranged in the center. That's the thing about labyrinths: you can't miss the center. At one point, it seemed the path was taking me farther away from the stones, but I kept walking, and moments later was closer to the center than I would have expected, having just been so far away.
Wouldn't it be something if we could live our lives like that: trusting the path and remembering that our goals may be closer than they appear?
Trust the Path
The only catch with this metaphor is that unlike my story above, the labyrinth of your life is not in full view. Without the ability to see the whole design, how do you know if you're on the right path or off-course? Part of the answer to this question involves listening to your life and remembering what's important to you, both of which we explored in the last two issues(2).
If your current path finds you in situations that run counter to your values or are destructive on some level, it is likely time for a new direction. This doesn't mean the right path will always be trouble-free, the quickest, or easiest. It is possible that you are on the right course even when your goals feel far off, even when it is different than you expected.
Is the destination in which you're headed still calling you? If yes, then keep going, guided by what you've learned and know to be true, what is revealed along the way, and what feels right to you now. The path won't lead you astray.
You Can't Miss the Center
Respect the unique design that is your life. Feel your feet on the ground. Trust the path. Trust your feet! Remember, you can't miss the center.
This Week's Call To Action:
"Your feet will bring you to where your heart
Here's to you,
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