A Journey’s Final Reckoning

“At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.” — Dr. Dan Johnston, Ph.D., Lessons for Living

Perhaps it was no coincidence that there was a labyrinth to walk this weekend; that it appeared subtly, camouflaged by sand and shells, welcoming visitors with a unmarked entrance off-set from the trail. To walk it required intention — more than a passing appreciation for its perfect round spirals, the slight tiered-elevation rising up to the center cairn.

As I walked slowly along its curving path, I carried two things: a smooth round stone offering…and memory. Memory of a moment exactly 10 years ago today.

There are few moments in our lives that change everything, that strike like lightening, forever altering who we are and how we move around in the world. For me, that January moment was of them — if I am quiet, I can still smell the cold winter air, hear the sound of tires on gravel leaving.

And, I can still feel my heart bursting open. Because for all of the loss and disappointment and grief in that moment, there was also an uprising. A revolution of spirit that started in my center and spread out over every facet of my life — a ripple effect that continues to reveal itself in my business, in my writing, in my meditations, in my relationships.

It is because of that one moment that I more authentic, more honest, more vulnerable, more brave, and more loving than I ever imagined possible.

This has been my journey — marked by a stone at the center of a path whose ending and beginning are the same.

Amen.

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Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous risks, and embracing challenges at every step along the way…You are on the path, exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity and love…” — Caroline Joy Adams

©2016, Jen Payne

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