Solitude & Self-Awareness Spiral
Labyrinths have been used around the world since ancient times. A labyrinth combines the spiral and the circle as a tool to following a single, circuitous path to the centre and then out again. Labyrinths can be metaphors for our life paths, leading us to the centre of ourselves in a walking meditation, and then back out to be with the world.
This week I have been reading about labyrinths. I’m dreaming of building one in my backyard. It’s on the “someday” list (along with a pool and a garden). When Spring arrives my attention turns from my indoor living spaces to the outdoors.
Today I dream of summer. The sun on my face. The relaxed rhythm of the day. When I was a young teen I remember drifting on the Magnetewan River in a canoe reading for hours. I wrote this poem (inspired by Wallace Stevens) to capture the carefree feeling and the peaceful knowing of having nowhere to be but in a canoe with a great book on a gorgeous summer’s day.
On trusting my GPS…
Every time I drive into the Ottawa Valley area my GPS navigation device surprises me, transforming a simple road trip into an epic journey.