Monday, 26 July 2010

Natural Fingermaze

This year we used the Fingermaze in Hove Park to help us reflect on the seasons of the year and how those relate to the personal and spiritual seasons we all go through in our lives. We divided sections of the Fingermaze into the four seasons and dressed those sections to create a flavour of the time of year.

Winter was all dead and barren with dry leaves and dead wood, spring was new buds, young flowers and leaves, summer was full flowers and a burst of colour while autumn celebrated the harvest and the fruitfulness of the season.

Within each section was some form of heart as we began the meditation with a reminder that we are formed of the dust of the earth ourselves:

God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
As we are made from the earth, we could be said to be people of clay
The four seasons are reflected within our hearts of clay.

Each of the seasons had some words to help us meditate on how this relates to our own spiritual and personal development and the walk finished at the centre of the Fingermaze with the gift of a piece of map printed with some words about the journey of our lives.

Everyone received a card with the following blessing to accompany them on their journey through life:

May God guide you.
May God bless your walk with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in your walk the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your walk bring healing light and renewal to you and to those who walk with you.
May your walk never weary you.
May it release in you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in bland absences.
May the walking never burden you.
May your beginning find you awake and alert, approaching your walk with dreams, possibilities and promises.
May you find grace and fulfilment as you walk.
May you finish, blessed, sheltered and protected.
May God calm, console and renew you.