Walking Inside the Lines

 

While searching for potential places to stay near Sydney, I read about a medieval Chartres-style labyrinth at the St. Joseph Center for Reflective Living in Baulkham Hills. A photograph of it looked intriguing; the path-dividers rose a few inches off the ground. Would it feel restrictive to have to walk so clearly inside the lines? The paths were wide enough to walk comfortably, so praying it actually felt quite expansive. Set in a grove of trees, butterflies fluttered above the labyrinth, birds sang and flew to the center planter to get a drink of the rainwater that had gathered in the large pot, and bees collected pollen from flowers that grew in the center. In this lovely setting, walking inside the lines felt comfortable, even comforting.

 

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