I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society.
I’m currently on vacation in Ocean View, Delaware. I thought I’d try to find a labyrinth or two around here. Today I walked the labyrinth at Community United Methodist Church across the state line in Ocean Pines, Maryland. It’s a really nice one. It’s a typical 7-circuit classical design, professionally installed with two colors of pavers.
The grounds surrounding it are also beautiful. Adjacent to the labyrinth is a cemetery, as well as a frog pond, and some woods. It was a perfect day, overcast and 75 degrees. I decided to take my shoes off for this walk.
The question I entered the labyrinth with was this: “How can I enjoy life?” Lately I’ve found enjoyment to be something foreign to me. I just haven’t been having fun lately. I’ve been getting things done, and found meaning and hope here and there, but I haven’t really been happy for any length of time. I’ve been using a lot of my free time to either nap or play video games, because I just find I just can’t think of anything I’d rather do. I don’t like this. I’d like to be able to find joy again.
As I walked around, I looked at the richness of the grounds around me, and I saw the richness of the colors in the pavers beneath me. And it struck me that that is precisely what I’m missing — the richness of life. I felt connected and happy, and thought I heard a voice telling me to look for this richness wherever I am, whatever I’m doing. Not to keep looking for meaning, because that way lies confusion and disappointment. It’s so hard to pick out what the meaning of something is, but richness is different. Richness is just there — you don’t have to figure it out, you don’t have to interpret it. Perhaps what I mean is something like beauty. It’s ineffable, but truly there.
So now that’s what I’ll try to do — look for richness.