My summer intention is to visit all the Labyrinths I can find here in Omaha Nebraska. I thought I might keep you posted on which ones I have walked and share insights and reflections I have during the experience.
I have always enjoyed labyrinths. I’m not sure why. They are at the same time very simple and yet very complex. To start my summer intention I have now read more about them and even how to build one so I am even more amazed at their complexity!!
On Friday, May 26th I went to First Central Congregational Church, close to downtown about 36th and Harney. Their Chartre labyrinth is painted blue on a grey patio. (11 rings plus a 6-petal center)
While it was a busy afternoon with traffic nearby I was surprised how easy it was to ignore all the noise and busyness while walking the labyrinth. That is what must come from a daily Centering Prayer practice!
The meaning comes in the walking.
Am I willing to follow the path?
The path takes twists and turns similar to life’s journey. There are longer spaces without a turn which I enjoyed. Hummm…
Sometimes it feels like I am going backwards.
Sometimes it is monotonous.
Then I reached the center and felt relief.
I walked out much more confident.
On June 3rd I walked the outdoor labyrinth at First United Methodist Church at 70th and Cass after the monthly Taíze service. It was a warm sunny afternoon but the labyrinth was shaded by large old trees. There is a sign by the area that has helpful information. It is a Cretan Labyrinth dedicated in 2008.
Shortcuts don’t produce what the long journey produces.
What does it mean to walk with God?
Follow where the path leads.
The spiritual journey requires intentionality.
If you have a summer intention you’d like to share, or a labyrinth I should know about,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Mann Christiansen, Co-coordinator, Nebraska Contemplative Outreach
“You can’t get lost on a prayer labyrinth.” Zachary Christiansen