My involvement with this event was unofficial, so I have not included support materials for it. Yet, my experience in assisting with the event reinforces what I have learned this past year.
C was the point person for this event. She had gone to the same training as J,
K, and I. I was in the process of preparing a different presentation, which I
will discuss in the next section. But, as part of that preparation, I had found
wooden labyrinths about the size of a half dollar on
I had already ordered 50 for my presentation, and offered to donate some for
I may have been awkward in my offer, because she heard it as my imposing on her
plans. Although she was clearly upset, she still accepted my offer. Yet, I
sensed an uncomfortable energy between us.
I thought it best to support C to the best of my ability while keeping
additional ideas to myself. When the participants walked the labyrinth, I
walked the boundary to maintain the energy. As the walk was ending, I prayed for
all participants, using a set of Anglican Prayer Beads. About that time,
next to me and asked if I thought a reflection was needed.
I was taken aback that she’d asked - perhaps I had mistaken that uncomfortable
energy — but I said I thought it would be useful. She then asked if I would mind
I reflected on the experience of praying with the prayer beads while the
participants prayed on the labyrinth path. I was praying especially for Jo, the
last person walking the circuits. She was recently widowed, and walking a canvas
her family had donated in her late husband’s name.
After sharing this story, I invited the participants to share their own
reflections with each other in small groups. This generated positive energy
among all the participants.
I hope I was able to suppress my ego in all this. I do wish I had found a better
way to offer the wooden labyrinths, so there would have been no
misunderstandings or hurt feelings. But I put the needs of the community above
any hurt feelings or awkwardness; and I believe I grew from it.