Shortcuts Hurt in the Labyrinth

I walked three different labyrinths on Sunday (yesterday).  I entered the first one with this question, “Lord, what do you want me to learn today?”  I am still trying to process the way I heard the answer.

When I was nearly finished walking the first labyrinth of the day, I started to take a shortcut so I could be finished.  My prayer-thoughts had been interrupted by my awareness of time passing and wanting to be on my way.  I stopped listening for answers.

As soon as I realized what I was doing, and it was nearly instantly, I made myself stop, take a prayerful breath, and continue on the path.  And I realized that this might be the lesson I was to learn today.

When I left home, I had a plan to visit three labyrinths, all of them some miles apart.  But I also have a growing sense of the way walking a labyrinth can bring peace, or questions, or answers.

Was this day’s lesson about taking shortcuts?  Had taking shortcuts been harmful?  To whom?  If so, when and where had I done this?  And what can I do about it now?

While walking the second labyrinth, I purposefully slowed my pace, and made sure I continued all the way through, into the labyrinth and return.  As I walked, I pondered.

It was an hour drive to my third labyrinth of the day, the most beautiful one I have ever seen.  As I paused at the entrance, I breathed a prayer, “Show me, Lord.  Slow me, Lord.”  I entered, circled, walked and turned, completing the 11 circuits on the way to the center.  In the center, I waited, then slowly retraced my steps all the way out of the labyrinth.

Thank you, Lord, for teaching me to wait.

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7 Responses to Shortcuts Hurt in the Labyrinth

  1. Sheryl says:

    This post is a good reminder about how much can be lost when rushing and not taking the time needed to appreciate things. How did you find the labyrinths? Is there a website that lists them by geographic area?

  2. Thanks, Sheryl. Here is a link to a labyrinth finder:
    Are there any near you?

  3. Angela says:

    I had the same question Sheryl had. Thank you for sharing the labyrinth locator.

  4. Angela says:

    It is a pleasure. I am on summer break so you can expect me to stop by more often. 🙂

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