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A Path With Heart

Walking this heart path,
this mystery becoming,
all is new again.


I had the pleasure of working yesterday with the wonderful garden maintenance director, Forest Firestone (to our far right) from Becoming Independent and her crew in bringing the Sebastopol Santa Rosa Labyrinth back to life. This labyrinth was created as a memorial garden to the many teens whose lives had been lost, giving their peers and families a place to grieve, remember, and to celebrate life.

Fourteen years ago, it was my first public labyrinth installation. It is actually a miracle that it still exists, and only does so because of the dedication and work of the individuals and non-profit organizations who have cared for it over the years. But this one program is being dissolved and through a series of synchronicities I jumped in to help give it one last make over before this crew is no more.

The tall, beautiful young woman in the above haiku photo is the granddaughter of the woman on her right, our far left. Her father was only eighteen years old when he was killed in a car accident. His girlfriend, who was in the car with him, survived this tragedy to discover that she was pregnant with their child. I held this beautiful baby in my arms twenty-four years ago. Seeing her walk towards me to help uncover the labyrinth after all these years was such a joy.

There is still more work to be done, but by the mid-afternoon, the labyrinth had re-emerged and is now walkable. Like an old friend, it was a joy to see again. I hope if you are in the area, you will stop by to visit and take the time to walk it in celebration of life and in remembering those loved ones who are no longer with us.


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Reader Comments (11)

What a moving story and a labor of love this is! So healing and uplifting. May all who walk this labyrinth have peace in their hearts.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Cool! I need to learn more, and you promised to teach me, about the Labyrinth. I've never seen one in the grass like this. The story is compelling and I can relate to the tragedy in our own lives as well. Love the Haiku.


December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterspadoman

A beautiful story about connection and hope and perseverance.
And strong, vibrant resilient women.
The labyrinth is wonderful...♥

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpriti.lisa

What a beautiful story, Lea - your haiku is perfect for it. "all is new again" is a perfect description for this time of year as the light gets ready to return.


December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDelphyne

...becoming all new again ~ wonderful haiku and a beautiful tribute post ~ Wow!

(A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

all is new again
when we offer ourselves completely to life
when we walk each step with love
when we offer our light and share our peace
as you do in these remarkable spiral ways, one step at a time.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

oh Lea,
chills running up and down my back reading this beautiful story. What a treasure for you...for all that walk this path.


December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I love that everything is new again ~ Lovely reflections ~

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

Would that lives could be resurrected as easily. My heart is so heavy tonight, Lea.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterannie

Your story brings me joy!

Hiding Place

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMagical Mystical Teacher

the path of the heart renews and unfolds. let it lead the way in this mysterious life. your work has opened a heart space for those who connect with your labyrinth.

December 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterirene

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