Labyrinth Walk for New Year’s Eve

This year I plan to walk the labyrinth at the Church of the Servant in Wilmington, NC to release the old year with all its gifts and challenges, while welcoming the new one. I find that clearing the slate so that I can start clean is a huge step in my work as a writer. Though I am working on the same projects, all the images and ghosts from old, completed ones must be set free.  Every piece of my work is like my child, both the published and the unpublished pieces, and each of those children has to be released so that I can give my time, energy and focus to the new ones. Every piece I’ve ever written lives in me still, and always will. So I suppose the ritual of walking the labyrinth this Friday night will be more about releasing myself, giving myself permission to walk on, to take the next steps on the path I am meant to walk.

4 Responses to “Labyrinth Walk for New Year’s Eve

  • That’s really lovely Christy. I think it’s important to mark the end of the old and the beginning of the new in some way. I always write up the old year at one end of a special book and then put my goals for the next year in the other end – have been doing so for 10 years now and it’s always good to look back. I may also do a fire this Friday and burn things (written on paper) that I wish to be free of. Walking a labyrinth, though, is something special – I wish I could walk it with you!

  • I never knew there was a labyrinth in Wilmington! Thanks for sharing this with us. I plan to go this New Year’s Eve. Ever since I watched the movie, Labyrinth, I’ve been fascinated with them.

  • Christy
    9 years ago

    Jules, what a wonderful idea…writing down things you wish to release before burning the paper…I have done that in the past and always loved that ritual. I may steal your idea of writing down goals for next year at the back of a journal. Then I can read them over next December and see how many I reached. Of course, the labyrinth is about the journey as much as the goal, but if we’re going to get anything done, we have to keep our goals in mind, too. Hugh could tell us all about that…

  • Christy
    9 years ago

    Nicole, I hope you do walk the labyrinth. The one in Wilmington is really beautiful, but then of course I have never found a labyrinth yet that I didn’t like…

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