Our bodies hold a longing just as our minds ask to understand.
Each Tuesday morning, a group of intrepid walkers gathers to explore varied dimensions of labyrinth practice under the guidance of CTP's very own Labyrinth builder and facilitator, Elisabeth Cadle. To prepare for these sessions, Elisabeth sends weekly prompts to subscriber's inboxes. These notes are read by more than can attend and they gives a little hint of the amazing experiences that participants enjoy when they can walk together, reflect, and share as we did yesterday in the dappled morning light of CTP's Hazlewood Forest. This week's arrived yesterday and contains some advice which is particularly useful for this time of year and which goes far beyond the practice of walking the labyrinth. An excerpt is shared below:
Lately I have noticed that I feel pretty healthy, which I suspect may have to do with all the extra time in the garden connecting closely with the elements and nourishment of sun and soil. This notion was bolstered yesterday when I walked into a book called “Earthing” about the health benefits of staying directly connected to the ground. The bits I was able to read resonated deeply with my felt experience that our healing capacity is contained within and unlocked by a connection to nature. This understanding also dovetails beautifully with the practice of walking a labyrinth.
With this in mind, I invite you this week to approach labyrinth practice by letting go of mind. Allow the body to be the conductor of this week’s experience. Simply show up in nature, absorb the earth’s energies and follow the impulse generated from within to inform how to interact with the moment.
At the outset, simply cultivate the points of connection with the earth. Allow your skin to make contact with the earth’s by perhaps going barefoot, holding a leaf in your hands as you engage practice or perhaps resting your cheek against a pillow of soil or moss. Give yourself time to just absorb.
You may be called to move through the channel of the labyrinth or find that just staying rooted in one place is what is prescribed. While specific instructions for labyrinth practice are often helpful and sometimes necessary, we must also learn to tune in and listen to what we already know or is being revealed through the divine teacher of the natural world around us.
If you have arrived this week with an inquiry or intention for labyrinth practice, feedback can be available beyond the words of the intellect. Our bodies hold a longing just as our minds ask to understand. Simply recharge the battery of your body and from that place, more may be revealed, perhaps through physical sensation.
This week, I also invite you to consider participating in the integration time after the practice with hands on the earth rather than pen on paper. It is of course acceptable to journal or do whatever feels right but I want to give permission to explore differently. This could bring up questions about being vs. doing or perhaps a feeling that when we use our hands, the label of “work” appears.
May you experience the loving support and connection to earth always and may you ground into being often.