There have been many "firsts" on this trip to Ghost Ranch. Hand building my first functional mug (the handle looks like it was made by a five year old and it makes me laugh), my first tribal dance, my first view of the beauty that is New Mexico. Today, I walked a Labyrinth for the first time. I sat in silence for a few moments before I began and simply asked for clarity and wisdom. It's not so much that I am searching for answers, it's that I am looking more for the appropriate questions to ask. In my daily living, I tend to get distracted with searching for answers to other peoples problems, thinking that if I could help them, I could somehow help myself. There are definitely times that that holds true.....and other times, when it is not only a disservice to them but to myself as well.
I walked slowly, mindfully, stopping frequently to look up and around me. I breathed deeply into the present and thought of nothing else other than the next step. When I reached the center, I sat for awhile. As I was gazing up toward the mountains, the moon was rising clearly in the late afternoon sky. A bird was flying effortlessly in the distance and as I was watching this majestic creature, I realized that what I was really in need of was stillness and space. Stillness and space to breathe, stillness in which to create more space and space to create more beauty.