Resources for transformation
A guide from Max for using a finger labyrinth:
Find a comfortable position.
Centre yourself with some slow deep breaths.
Perhaps you could draw-journal a question that you will carry with you into the labyrinth, (be open also to other input.).
Say a prayer, if you like, for support, healing, and guidance.
Place a finger at the entrance of the labyrinth. (Some people suggest that you use your non-dominant hand, as research suggests that our non-dominant hand has easier access to our intuition.)
Follow the path and notice what you feel and think. You may want to jot down any of these and then as Elsa told us, let it go-release and continue.
Pause whenever you want and notice.
When distracting thoughts come up, simply let them pass and wish them well.
When you arrive at the centre, pause for awhile and receive. Be open to whatever guidance and wisdom you may need, even if it’s not what you expected.
When you’re ready, follow the path outward, consciously return and bringing the wisdom of the centre out into your life with you.
In your journal, write or sketch anything that came to you while you made the journey.
As a person once told me..."that was a waste of time, all I got was a sense of peace". If that is all you get, enjoy. Lower your expectations, enjoy the peace, and sometimes the wisdom of the labyrinth is simply the pause that it forces you to take. Max
Bronny and I have a great view of the Barrington Tops National Park from our verandah up here at Fosterton Retreat. We often start the day with a reading and breakfast there, with the birdlife and wallabies entertaining us. At the end of the day we also make a concerted effort to watch the last rays of the day disappear together, and have adapted some questions from the Josephite nuns prayer book, to help us review and take note of the day.
We sit in silence, simply watching, until it fully disappears. No two sunsets are alike, and we are often filled with gratitude and wonder at this moment of day's close.
Silence, gratitude and observing whilst sitting in nature, is a great tonic in this time. Connection with ourselves and our environment, has its own benefits.
To start your Sunset Ritual. Notice where west is and create a comfortable place where you can observe the fireball going down. A suitable drink, pot of tea, coffee, wine helps make the occasion become an event. Put your phone on mute or away.
Take 5 deep breaths. Breathe through your nose, fill your lungs and notice your belly rise, hold for a few seconds before you reverse the air direction, notice how your belly deflates.
What am I thankful for, today?
What am I least thankful for?
What did I notice?
What can I smile over?
What is stirring in my heart?
What is the state of my heart?
How am I feeling?
What is my body telling me?
and to contemplate another day..
How important is the sun to life on this planet?
Keep that in mind as you look at.
How important is the sun to my life?
Max and Bronwyn