During the past 24 hours I have circled the labyrinth numerous times, sometimes as an act of my own meditation and others, accompanying campers and counselors as they experience the turns in which there is no wrong path as we journey step by step to the center, in the embrace of divine presence. My soul is always stirred as I move forward with each step. I came across this poem tonight, which conveys so much of what I feel while walking this sacred circuit.
Divestiture by Marilyn Peretti
I walked a labyrinth yesterday,
half circles and whole circles
round and round on soft pea gravel,
paths lined by paving bricks.
My pulse slowed I’m sure
as I divested myself of all
that hangs about in my head,
pressing on my shoulders.
I know I will return, after this first
meditation in the shade of tall oaks,
clear blue leaking through the leaves,
to reach a holy center,
then reverse and leave the rings,
fresh thoughts replacing old,
continuing my journey
Today: A day of many steps, all of which remind me that when our intention is focused on God, and our hearts are open to grace, our path will lead us exactly where we need to be.