Thoughts from the Labyrinth

Personal Reflection, Journal and Blog

Stillness

  “Do you want to come outside with me?” asked my husband. My rule is that if I’m on the computer and doing anything other than actively writing, I will stop the video, or podcast or reading and get up and go outside.  I made this rule awhile ago when I realized...

Ordinary Beauty

It’s cold today.  Colder than yesterday, but the skies are clear, so no chance of snow.  I’m bundled up with layers.  Warm shearling lined boots, toasty jacket with cozy pockets to put my hands in.  No hat because I don’t like them.  I don’t like my ears covered, even...

Magic in the Unwinding

I walked into the labyrinth today to get inspiration for writing this book, this story about how the triple spiral labyrinth has impacted my life. I walk in, it’s my first trip through, the trip I call the maiden. And I’m coming up with all sorts of “first lines,”...

Interview on FallingUP radio!

Hello all you beautiful people! Here's a link to the interview!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fallingupradio/2013/07/10/nancy-voogds-journey I found it thrilling to talk for an hour about the beautiful triple spiral labyrinth.  I continue to find this pattern exciting...

Spirals in the Sand

I've been wanting to get this walking pattern out to the world but was unclear on how to do it, then through a series of serendipitous conversations, I hit upon the idea of building one in the sand at a local beach. Saturday, November 24th, dawned clear and bright. ...

Nature experiences

As I have been learning more and more about the local wild birds, I've fallen in love with the smaller birds: nuthatches, juncos, chickadees, etc.  But I also love the Cooper's Hawk that lives in the area, and in the process of falling in love with both prey and...

Dreaming

I've been thinking a lot about this whole crazy dream of mine to build Triple Spiral Labyrinths all over the world, so that others can experience this pattern for themselves.  As far as I can tell, it's a brand-new walking pattern.  I'm not sure why, because it's also...

Beauty everywhere

This morning as I was walking the labyrinth I was taking picture after picture.  All sorts of beautiful shots in so many different directions.  In the moment I was thinking that I might add all of them here, we'll see if that happens. One of the main things that I was...

Finding my life’s purpose

I had been actively looking for my soul's purpose for quite sometime. I was "trying really hard" to figure it out. Thinking and thinking, but not breathing and just letting ideas come in. I kept repeating in my head that I would never figure out what my soul's purpose...

Shadow and Light

Walking the labyrinth this evening was odd.  I've been focusing on the tracks that are showing up in the labyrinth so much lately, that I was having trouble actually walking it.  I'd found this little print yesterday.  When I found it, I didn't have time to walk the...

Off-balance can be fun

This is what happens when I'm happily walking along and then hear bird activity above my head!  Quickly looking up, while walking along a curved line can result in wildly flailing arms! I'll set the scene.  It's hot, in-the-high-nineties hot.  I'm working with my...

Timing is everything

Walking the labyrinth this afternoon, this was the only rock that was lit by the sun.  The rest of the labyrinth was in shadow, but this one stone, just as I walked up to it, was illuminated.  By the time I'd walked around this spiral once and was next to this stone...

Minor setbacks

The plan was to walk the labyrinth three times in a row, daily.  Starting on July 8th.  I'd managed to do that every day but one (and I was out of town for all of that day and late into the evening, so I chose not to do a night walk that evening).  Until yesterday. I...

Being curious

One of the sounds that I've been noticing a lot as I walk the labyrinth, is this screeing of a hawk of some sort.  Yesterday when I was walking, I could hear one hawk calling from far away, and other one that appeared to be answering from a tree just above me. This...

Reflections

When I took this picture, I thought I was taking a picture of the floating bug.  It looked ethereal and mysterious to me.  As I'm looking now, I'm noticing that I'm actually far more interested in the reflection of the trees in the water and the color of the copper...

Sweeping the labyrinth

I've been hearing the call to sweep the labyrinth again, but I haven't wanted to use the man-made broom that I used recently.  It was great for the task at hand, because the labyrinth had gotten littered with redwood duff and oak leaves and bits of twigs.  But now,...

Squawk! Squawk!

Remember all that squawking the neighbor's chickens have been doing?  I think I know what they've been hollering about now. Today, as I was walking up to the labyrinth, I saw what I think was a Cooper's Hawk fly off from the lowest branch of that same tree.  The...

Pygmy nuthatches!

The tiny birds I was talking about earlier are Pygmy Nuthatches and they seem to show up on warmer days and after I've walked the labyrinth at least once. I head out, slip off my shoes and start walking, thinking about the different things in my life that are...