The realigning life

Each has his or her place in the procession.

All is a procession,
The universe is a procession with measured and beautiful motion.*
(Walt Whitman)

‘Struggle against our greediness is a frustrating, yet vitally important, undertaking.’**
(Kosuke Koyama)

There were four of us who had met to walk the Labyrinth in Edinburgh’s George Square.  Labyrinths offer walks of reflection through journeying for anyone.  Each person enters with a different thought or need.

“As the crow flies,” the centre of the labyrinth is not far away but I am always surprised by how far I must walk when following the twists and turns.

I decided to lay two images down as I walked: the first was the U of opening, mind, heart and will, which I overlaid with the three quests: for honour, nobility and enlightenment.  I set off to realign what I hold to be important.

I turned away from my downloaded pride, greed and foolishness – we each have some default setting for these), seeking to open my mind through humility, gratitude and faithfulness.  As the labyrinth twisted and turned in front of me, I began to open my heart to the possibility of integrity without perfection, wholeness without completeness and perseverance without arriving.

Still the centre was far off – I wasn’t sure how far but I felt the need to turn to opening my will, being prepared to act on what I feel and understand my contribution to be, to act with courage not fear, to to push myself to be generous in ways that made sense to who I am and what I have, hoping this means I will live more wisely:

‘Presence is wisdom.  Presence is the one thing necessary, and in many ways, the hardest thing of all.  Just try to keep your heart open, your mind without division or resistance, and your body not somewhere else.’^

I must realign or the procession will move away from me.  Without realignment I am misaligned.

(*From Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.)
(**From Kosuke Koyama’s Three Mile an Hour God.)
(^From Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now.)

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