A deep gong from the ceremonial bell
signals the start of the labyrinth walk,
after a deep bow and prayer of blessing,
a single step on holy ground.
Sand, leaves, debris and bricks,
all bring a sense of solid grounding.
Footstep after footstep carry us forward
on this ancient path of shedding and renewal.
A shadow companions us
with gentle footprints in the sand,
as tall grasses wave in the
nearby gently sloping valley.
Paths already walked by others
bring new insights to fresh hearts.
Settling the mind on a single word,
today’s lesson from the Creator.
Striding confidently, head down,
shoulders back, the neck aches
under the caressing sun amid wafting breezes,
the Holy Spirit makes its presence known.
Called to listen,
the pilgrim moves on.
Completing this journey with renewed spirit
returning to the world.
It is enough.