Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Labyrinth Experience...

Posted by Dancing Daring Delightful Diva at 8:38 AM
I was asked some questions from my labyrinth blog and really what it boils down to is this:  What is my personal experience, can I explain it to others?  I realized in those questions that I kind of explained more ABOUT labyrinths, and not how they may affect me, or might bring experiences to you. SO I shall try to capture in words at small smidgen of what happens....for me...

First, since the point is to work your way to your center, and back out into the world, I try to create an experience to get away from the world.  For me that requires music in my ears - to be specific, instrumental only, as lyrics will interrupt my own thoughts and process. 

The entrance to a labyrinth is a time to ground yourself, calm, breathe, and get into a mindset so I will often meditate for a moment outside of it and focus on my breath, get into the 'groove' so to speak. 

Then, what happens varies, but typically I will begin with slow, methodical, ground-touching, earth-feeling steps, often in time with the music so my mind, body, spirit and the earth begin flowing together.  We get out of touch with Mother Earth, so the feet are a good way to get back in touch.

Once I get going, often the music will move me to groove a little, stretch, reach to the sky, scoop energy from the earth, and all kinds of other movements - that's for me and it really just depends on the moment. 

Now, what happens next?  It varies, but often during the meditation, life's questions, struggles, thoughts will start to happen, and I let them roll in, pass by me, let them sit with my body.  See, I am high energy so moving my body and having the music then allows my brain to quiet and let things happen...no fighting them, no analyzing, just allowing the deep, core thoughts, concerns and more just kind of float by you.  Answers are not the point, but often answers will come from the universe, God, a higher power, your soul, being...Often moving into the center, these thoughts or life concerns may come through and then when I reach the center I sit or stand and do a still meditation for a while and let those sit, settle the mud so to speak.  Once leaving the center, the point for me is to feel good and balanced, grounded, centered, sometimes resolution or letting go - so I will dance, often even more joyfully than to the center I came.  It is about reaching the exit again rejuvenated, full of life, love, and ready to enter the world again a little bit better than I came in...

Friends of the Garden - Lewistown, MT
I have travelled all over the area, and since finding the labyrinth locator I will stop and try new ones along my ways.  In fact, part of my last month almost solid of travel, I hit one in Sioux Falls, SD, Helena, MT and Great Falls, MT. 

Red Sun Labyrinth, Victor, MT
I have plans to go this summer to one in Victor, MT and Lewistown, MT.  As I travel all over the country and world I do plan on seeing, finding, and experiencing more.  I plan on teaching my children of these when they are a little bit older to understand the concept, the path in, to the middle and back out, and can focus, be still and quiet for about 30+ minutes.  While we do not regularly go to church and I personally don't believe 'church' is necessary - I DO strongly believe a spiritual grounding and path vital to your personal well-being, so teach them of things along the way to care for themselves and grow and develop into fine human beings. 

Happy Labyrinthing!
~Daring, Dancing, Delightful Diva~

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