But I only have a moment

a finger Labyrinth
I think of how powerful the value of a moment is when I consider my 3.5 year old nephew. I stopped by to drop something off at his house. He came running up to me, “Aunty do you wanna play tag?” I replied clearly with “I only have a moment” … in other words, a polite adult way of saying no. He replies with, “okay you’re it” as I get a fist in the stomach before he runs down the hall. So although we only had 2 minutes to play tag … it did the trick.
As I box with my moving boxes, I think to myself how important it is to carve out some contemplative time for me … but then I only have a moment.

The Labyrinth is a symbol of the spiritual journey to the center. It’s the outward sign of the inner pilgrimage. Originally found in ancient Crete, the Labyrinth symbol has appeared in many cultures. From Cornwall England, where the design was etched on a 3500 year old rock carving (the estimated time of Camelot!), to the Hopi Indians. From Cathedrals in Europe to modern day uses by Churches, Hospitals, and Spiritual Centers.

Walking a labyrinth, or tracing the pattern with your fingers brings a deep sense of peace and harmony. Perhaps it is because you must focus on one step at a time, trusting that the journey will always lead to your Center, even when it appears you are traveling in the opposite direction.

There are three stages:
1) Releasing

(a letting go of the details of your life)
2) Receiving
(when you reach the center, take a moment, it is a quiet place for you)
3) Returning
(As you return, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter a space of being with your Higher Power/ healing forces)

So give yourself the gift of ‘a moment’, with the finger Labyrinth. Allow yourself to focus on the here and now and know that it is okay to touch the lines, take a moment for you, the world will be a better place because you did!!!

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  1. But I only have a moment

    Last year I read Ekhart Tolle's books and I have to say one thing that really resonated with me was the his constant return to the concept of Now and being “present” as he calls it. He said if you don't know what it means to be present watch a dog, they are always present… they will rest and be calm until they have the opportunity to go out or play at which point they are completely focused on the task at hand, completey joyful in what they are doing… when it ends, they do not contemplate the fact that it is over and act sad in the thought that they “could” be doing something else.

    We so often do things in our day, we go through the motions, we exercise because we “should”, we work because we “have to”, we do things to say we did them, but how many times per day do we actually enjoy the moment we are living, simply because, without thinking of past or future? Not often… and yet… we can only be happy when we are in the moment… kind of a strange dichotomy. I have to say I am guilty on all counts… music is my refuge, my labyrynth, but more and more I am learning to take time to focus on the moment and let go of the past and future more often during my day… just watching my amazing dog, who is now almost 11 years old and still plays like a puppy, still looks at me with that look of joy at the possibility that i might just play with her… she is just happy to be… if only we could be as enlightened as our pets… 🙂

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