Jan. 20th, 2012 09:01 pm
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a rose window (101church)
18 January 2012

Here's my completed finger labyrinth. It's made from air-drying clay, the sort I used to make pots out of at primary school, and painted in watercolours and acrylics. I took my time making it - it's the sort of thing that shouldn't be rushed. I took a long time to realise that of course there should be a shell imprint in the middle, and it sat around unpainted for quite a long time before I worked out what colour it should be. You see, I wanted to get it right.

In retrospect, the blue and gold colour scheme was entirely predictable. I love blue and gold. I used a lot of both in my wedding. This is my current desktop picture. And it echoes medieval depictions of heaven.

There are some useful resources on labyrinths here, if you're interested in learning more.


Jul. 18th, 2011 02:10 pm
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a stylised picture of a teapot (Default)
4 June 2011

I've been making odd bits of progress here and there. I've crossed off a few goals and not written them up. I'm plodding on with some ongoing ones. A couple have more or less stalled for the moment.

Writing them up has been problematic because I always like to put in a photo. However, my desktop computer has reached the end of its useful life (useful as a computer, I mean, rather than as a coffee table) and this little netbook is no use at all for sorting photos out. So, rather than wait and wait, here's a summary of what I've managed to do, and maybe I'll do proper posts with photos at a later date.

- I've tentatively booked myself on a retreat organised by some people at church. It will be taking place early next year and is on the theme of Silence. I've also picked up a leaflet from our local retreat centre and may go along to something there. (Goal 2)
- Um, I might have got slightly tipsy on Saturday and sung Moon River with the jazz band at [ profile] angelil's wedding reception. I don't think anyone was actually listening (just as well) but this still counts for Goal 7.
- I've written a funeral plan (Goal 18)
- I entered a competition in a magazine to win a plate of rubber stamps. (Goal 47)
- I listened to two Proms concerts yesterday - the organ recital by Stephen Farr and Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony. (Goal 58
- I've spent quite a lot of time in London recently and, over the space of two visits, spent a couple of hours in the British Museum. I spent the first visit looking round this exhibition. I have to say, most of the reliquaries didn't do much for me, feeling extravagant, creepy, or both, but I did like the Roman section and the part about pilgrimage. The next weekend, I looked at the exhibition of clocks and watches, and glanced around the Medieval room. But really, there's so much there that it would take a lifetime to see the lot. (Goal 73)
- I've made a finger labyrinth out of air-drying clay. It's dry now, but I think it wants some kind of paint or varnish. I'm not sure what yet; I'm waiting for inspiration to strike. (Goal 75)
- I watched The Way; I'd like to see it in the cinema, though. Goal 79)
- You'll see from the photo above that I've begun work on exploring my square mile. I've marked it out on the A-Z and walked down a few of the streets. This is another one for which I really need a working camera, though. (Goal 86)
- I have bought a monocle. Yes, there will be pictures. May I recommend I Need Spex, who not only produced the damn thing to my prescription, but, when they did it for the wrong eye, sorted it out very quickly and politely. (Goal 100)

- Due to computer problems explained above, Project 365 has stalled for the moment. I intend to restart on my birthday. (Goal 8)
- I haven't really been keeping track of my depression, mainly because I've not been depressed for a while. So that's good. (Goal 19)
- I'm not sure what's going on with my watch. I got its battery changed, and it worked for a while, but now it keeps stopping and starting. I think I shall have to mark this as uncompleted again. (Goal 89)

- I am going to change Goal 76, because it's just not happening, and when it is I'm not enjoying it. But that does deserve a post to itself.
stapsdoes101things: '101' superimposed on a rose window (101church)

What's this about?

'A labyrinth is an ancient prayer practice involving a winding path that leads ultimately to a centre and then winds back out to the point where it began. The path is symbolic of the journey inward towards God's illumination, and then outward, grounded in God and empowered to act in the world.' Teresa Blythe, 50 Ways To Pray

Why do I want to do this?

I've found that walking the labyrinth is something that works very well for me - to the extent that I've occasionally chalked one out for myself in my back yard (see photo). However, this is impractical when it's raining, or looks as if it's about to rain, and I don't know of any permanent labyrinths near me. An alternative is to use a small labyrinth, carved in wood or marked out in paper. I'd like to make one for myself.

How will I know I've done this?

I'll have an object that I've made or modified myself, which I can use as a labyrinth.

I'll record this in this journal.

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