A Dog’s Life

by | Aug 13, 2003 | Archives

Perfumes of fresh cut grass rise beyond slow creek murmurs. Soft smells of summer, nature's pure richness, astringent backgrounds of pine and hemlock spice the fresh air.

Sometimes when watching our hound dog, I think she's a lot smarter than I am.

Other times, such as yesterday I know she is. I was sweating, cutting the lawn. She was rolling in that fresh cuttings enjoying life absolutely to the fullest. We need to get pure pleasure from things as simple as this. Yet how often do we roll in fresh cut grass?

While watching, I leaned against the mower and thought about health and wealth. What came up I would like to share here with you.

Let me begin by saying that cutting our lawn is a little different than most. First, it connects to 250 acres so one has to ask, where to stop? Second, it runs right up to Little Horse Creek. See this here – every step of the process is a thrill, being surrounded by the rushing waters of this clear, trout filled creek.

Another problem in the middle of our grass is a labyrinth. You can also see this at this link.

This makes mowing the grass a really enjoyable experience, because it allows me to work in the labyrinth.

A labyrinth is a single path or unicursal tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity. In past eras labyrinths were connected to churches. Monasteries and sanctuaries placed labyrinths on their grounds in the belief that walking them brought one closer to God. So as I was mowing through the labyrinth I had this simple thought I would like to share:

A labyrinth gives us a perfect metaphor for life. As you move towards the center there are many times when it seems that you are moving away from the goal. You are walking closer to the middle but the illusion is that you are moving away. The moral to this simple message? “Just Keep Moving”.

Here is one last thought. The walls of a labyrinth keep you on the path. The goal is in the center of the labyrinth. But when you reach it, you have only gone half the distance you now need to turn around and walk back out.

Our journey never ends.

You can learn more about labyrinths at http://www.labyrinthsociety.org/

I hope someday to walk our labyrinth with you! Until them keep moving you will get there!