Springbank Retreat, Prayer Labyrinth

I can’t imagine a more beautiful, serene place on earth to explore one’s dreams than this oasis in a black cypress swamp.  I have been to this special place before and on this last visit for the dream workshop I learned something new.  One of my very favorite authors, Sue Monk Kidd, used to come here for writing retreats and worked on her now famous book, The Secret Life of Bees , in the solitary woods of Springbank!  When I walked the prayer labyrinth and contemplated the footstones set in the path at important junctures, I couldn’t help but think of this amazing writer walking here and bringing to life the characters in her novel.  Her dreams came true here and I pray mine will too someday!  The words on the footstones were: patience, gentleness, faith, love, peace, kindness, and imagine.  At the very center of the labyrinth was the word imagine surrounded by a circle of velvety green moss that I almost wanted to lie down upon.  Instead I stood there and gave thanks for the healing my soul embraced in my dream the night before and for the growth gained from exploring new depths in a short time.  How I wished to be on sabbatical until December like the group of nuns in the workshop!  I came across this quote and I hope it will inspire me to stay on this new path: “Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”  Karen Raun


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