On Sunday, I shared some of my experiences walking on labyrinths, including the one at Maha’ulepu in the photo above. I walked on this particular labyrinth last week. It is in a stunning location: surrounded by beautiful mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
A labyrinth is a pathway on the ground on which you walk in a circular pattern while thinking about God. After you come to the end of the pathway in the middle, you turn around and walk in the opposite direction until you end up where you started. Unlike maze, there is only one path and no possibility of losing one’s way.
Here are some of the thoughts I have while walking on labyrinths:
- Life is a journey, and you often pass by the same places over and over again (and the same people and opportunities).
- Life really is not about the destination, but the journey!
- The important thing is not how far you travel or how many things you accomplish, but how you walk on the journey.
- One of these days, my journey on earth will end; how do I want to look back upon it?
- I am more aware of God when I spend time trying to be more aware of God.
It is amazing how many things that pop into my mind when walking on a labyrinth. One of the things that I shared with the congregation on Sunday is that we can walk a long way without every stopping to reflect upon God’s presence or what it is that God might be trying to tell us or show us. On the other hand, there is a much greater chance to see and hear God if we make the time and space to do so.
I hope you will see, hear and feel God’s presence this week as you walk on your journey. And I hope to see you in church on Sunday!
Aloha nui loa!
Kahu Alan Akana