Drawing a Path to the Centre

I once found a labyrinth
drawn on the sand at low tide.
The couple who created it
were delighted that someone
came at the right time to enjoy it.

I walked the winding path to the centre
and out again
with the conviction that
I would never draw labyrinths
that could be washed away by morning.

I asked the ones who drew the prayer
how they could make something that would not last.

They shrugged and smiled at each other.
“We just like drawing them,” they said.

Each day I
sit to meditate
meet Adriene for yoga
get outside
reach 10,000 steps
pause to notice
this breath
and now this one,
I am drawing a labyrinth
in the sand.

Tomorrow
I will rise and draw
another.

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.
If you are attentive, you will see it. 
― Thich Nhat Hanh

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Love Mischief for the World

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What love mischief are you and God doing for the world?
Let me know and I will include it in an upcoming post.

Credits and References:
Second Beach, La Push Washington 2011 by Fred Hizsa. Used with permission.
Tidal waves and the frothing sea by SM14, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons
Quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2021.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013-2021.  http://www.estherhizsa.com

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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