When you are in a relationship for a long time, it’s good to renew your vision together now and then. My husband and I, on an anniversary trip to Santa Fe, sought out a double labyrinth, a chance to do a walking meditation together to discover where we are and how to go forward in a fresh way. It was supposed to be two paths that meet in the middle.
A labyrinth is a marked path for walking meditation, like the classic design below. You follow the path winding your way to the center. The turning right and turning left clears your mind and allows you to let go of previous assumptions. You get into a relaxed, slightly altered state. In the center you pause to listen deeply and receive new wisdom for a question you’ve been carrying. Walking out, you integrate and embody that fresh understanding.
Upon reaching the double labyrinth, pictured at the heading photo above, we had to laugh. The 8 banners marked the cardinal points of a circle. In the middle was a little altar space. But there was no path marked.
If you’ve been in a genuine searching relationship, you know that is the flat out truth. It is a pathless way, like any spiritual practice. You have to continually:
(drawing from a performance piece by Jeffrey Gibson)
So we did. We made up a simple meditation, a way to move sunwise around the edge of the circle starting from opposite sides. At each banner, we’d pause to receive some information about how to move forward. I received imagery from the trees or sky. My husband got simple timeless wisdom.
Some of what we gathered:
- Wind carries away what’s no longer useful. Clear sky.
- Be present. Be here now.
- Juniper bush full of ripe berries – our abundance and gratitude.
- Trusting our ability to create and find our way.
So if you are having an issue in your relationship, please contact me. I can help you come back into relationship with yourself and your partner.