Another beautiful morning, before a busy day.
When I stepped on the labyrinth, it was 8:20. Cool, but not as chilly as it has been, I forgot my sweater and was fine, really. I have had so many words in my head lately, today I wanted to walk as a meditation, where you clear your mind and try just to breathe and NOT think. Riiiight!
I kept wondering, as I looked affectionately at the rocks, if my powerful attachment to the natural world makes me a pagan, or a pantheist? Our word "pagan", which is loaded with negative connotations, comes from the Latin "paganus", which means "country dweller." And that I am.
Ooops- clear the mind. Walk. Breathe.
My understanding- perhaps erroneous- of paganism, is that "God", or the "Sacred", or the "Divine" actually abides in items in the natural world. So instead of marvelling at a rock and feeling connected to it through some strange twist of fate because it and I both find ourselves in this place and this time in this labyrinth.... instead I might actually revere or worship it as being itself A Holy Being. Which on one hand I do think all of creation is filled with holiness.... but maybe I'm not going to actually worship these stones, if you know what I mean? Though I would agree that even the stones can sing praise to that Creating God who put us all here...
Oh heck! Breathe! Walk! CLEAR your mind...............
Ommmmmmmmmm...but wait. So a pantheist, which I used to think was someone who "saw" the Divine in everything, is actually someone who believes that "Everything" and "God" are actually the same. Equivalent. "Pan" (all) "Theism" (god). Whoops. So that label's not working for me either.
All I know is I really love rocks. They speak to me of creation, strength, of prehistory and the future, and eternity. I love them. And I don't care WHAT that makes me!
Rock of the Day: This weird thing that looked to me like a barnacle on another rock.. yet it is actually one rock.
Today's Footgear: Looks pretty tame, Hushpuppies and gray socks
Well, tame until I stretch out my foot and you see the rest....!