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September 27th, 2006


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05:02 pm - A walk in the park
Tuesday night, after PSA, I went to the Chadwick Arboretum and spent some time walking the labyrinth out there. I arrived around 10 PM and left around 11 PM. That hour, I thought, walked, and basically just spent time with myself.

I walked into my first descent toward the center, thinking about things. I noticed immediately that the longer I walked, the more the superficiality of my thought slipped away. I started concentrating on things beyond the physical fairly quickly, though a few fun thoughts surfaced in the initial walk.

On my first ascent out from the center, I found that the more I thought about things, the more I saw that some of those things simply had to go. I examined myself for what I really wanted, and I saw paths to those things.

On my second descent and the following ascent, I found myself wanting excellence in worship, and I found myself not utterly without it. I turned over in my mind how to achieve it, and I saw that putting more and more effort into this liturgy journal was a good start: I've already come further than I thought possible, and I've only been doing it for six weeks.

On the third descent, I started to feel the lack of food in my system becoming obvious. My legs trembled as I looked up at the stars.

On my third ascent from the center, I counted the number of steps. There are 317 steps from center to outside, and the labyrinth is 44 steps around the outside circle. I found it interesting that I was able to do the math, counting both steps I'm taking, holding the number of steps for half a circumambulation, and multiplying the half circumambulation by two. I was unaware that I could do that.

I stopped for a second after this ascent, and took careful stock of my body.

My fourth descent and ascent were sprints through the labyrinth. I found I could turn right better than I could turn left, and observed that this was likely because of the muscle training I received as a fencer here at Ohio State. I lost my concentration and became lost near the end of the ascent, and felt cramps and dizziness near the end.

I turned back to the labyrinth for my fifth trip, the cold sweat and hard breathing at the forefront of my mind, as well as the heavy cough that ripped through my lungs from time to time. I stood there, though, and stepped in for another descent. I felt my mind opened to magic, the muscle fatigue obvious, but a clearer, stronger walk available.

By the end of the fifth ascent from the center, my mind was clear, and my body was purged of my wants.

I went home and fell asleep as soon as I laid down.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: "She's Going Out of My Mind", -JB
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From:concordantnexus
Date:September 27th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I absolutely love the Chartres Labyrinth pattern =)
From:ceolnamara
Date:September 27th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
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I just wanted to comment to say that I appreciate what you have shared here. I'm not feeling terribly eloquent at the moment.
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From:geedeck
Date:September 28th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'll second that actually.
From:sans_mal
Date:September 28th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
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I have always enjoyed labyrinths - we have a 3 path made of tall shrubs at a friends farm - of course I think it is the walk up the hill to get to it that actually gets my body on its way

And I have a friend that does neat things with labyrinth work - check it out
www.PensivePathways.com

Will
Love

Ron
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From:singingwren
Date:September 28th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
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That's funny. I was on my way to the labyrinth before Maggie insisted on taking us home. I'm glad I didn't end up interfering with your journey, albeit a bit jealous I didn't do something similar! :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 28th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
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I had a feeling I'd see you there, actually. Shame you didn't make it out.
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From:singingwren
Date:September 28th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
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Sorry. Abbie is cuter than you, big stuff. ;)
From:gothicsquish
Date:September 28th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I had only just visited that labyrinth a month ago. I had a similar experience... Went from anxious, to happy, to serene... by the end.
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From:dqg_neal
Date:September 28th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
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I wish I had the opportunity to do a large permanent labyrithn. Every now and again at pagan rituals hear, someone draws one out using stones, or something for use. Few people use them, but I love the feeling of meditating using it. I guess for me it has to do with the fact that I meditate through movement and not stationary blanking like a lot of people do.

I don't think I've ever walked one as many passes as you did there, maybe I should try next time.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
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I need other contacts to talk with! My boyfriend and I are interested in meeting other people of this faith! We are in Arkansas and alone. We have no friends of our faith here and would love to meet anybody that understood the Asatru faith. Plese contact me by my e-mail address. We are in our 40's so we are structured adults with children and grandchildren. My e-mail address is warlikevirginfreya@yahoo.com Thank you, jeannette
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 29th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)

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Hello, Could you please tell me where this circle is. I would like to go there and walk myself. Jett warlikevirginfreya@yahoo.com

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