Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Journaling Along the Path

This month I introduce the labyrinth as I prepare for a trip to Chartres, France. Chartre Cathedral houses one of the oldest known labyrinths, dating back to 1200. What is a labyrinth and what does this ancient archtype mean for us in modern day usage?

Although, at first glance it appears to be a maze, the labyrinth is actually a balanced path of circular lines. Unlike a maze, by following the path of the labyrinth, one is led to the center and back out again. The labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey of life.

Consider these interesting points about the labyrinth:

  • Although there are many twists and turns along the path, eventually you will always get to where you need to go
  • When you feel you are the furthest away from the center, you are actually much closer than you know
  • Although you feel you are simply walking in circles, the labyrinth actually brings balance 

  • Staying on the path can help bring clarity and healing
Now consider these points about journaling:
  • When you journal, there are many twists and turns as you write, but eventually you will get to where you need to go
  • Frequently when you journal, it feels like just a jumble of words, but suddenly, unexpectedly it all begins to make sense
  • Journaling can sometimes feel like just a spewing of words, but done on  a regular basis, journaling can bring balance to your life
  • Daily journaling can bring clarity and healing
The labyrinth and journaling have much in common. If you can, walk along the path of a labyrinth. But whether or not you walk, pick up your journal and write!

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Take good care, 


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  1. I love the concept of being closer to center than you realize when you are "on the edge."

    Enjoy Chartres!


  2. I love, love, love walking the labyrinth!! I love asking a question or posing a concern, then walking into the middle, pausing and emptying my mind, then walking back to the outside or beginning. Sometimes, I get new thoughts or ideas to consider on the return walk. And yes, it is like journaling!! and we can use them together!

    As an aside, after a brain injury, I couldn't make the turns comfortably, so I went back every day to walk it and my brain healed that connection. I heard once that walking the labyrinth is very good for the brain!! Wish I could go with you to Chartres!!