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In the European Middle Ages as in contemporary Islam, spiritual pilgrimage to a holy site was understood to be an inner, as well as an outer, journey. Those who could not literally get away and make the journey could take a symbolic pilgrimage by walking a labyrinth whose twists and turns represented the soul's journey to its own center and then out again.


Unrelated, from the Christian Science Monitor:
"Of course the death penalty is cruel and unusual. That's why people like it."

Along with those gems, music at church today featured the compositions of W.A. Mozart. =)

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Jan 27 2008 23:26 GMT svein
Interesting philosophic thoughts....not so different what we do; with the difference that the labyrinth is made of concrete, steel and other materials and called cities. And the inhabitants runs to and fro trying to find their centers, always believing that life might be better the next day, week or year.... But if we stop and realize that life happens just now, then we don't even need to enter the labyrinth...

Did that make any sense ?
Jan 28 2008 17:19 GMT JPHarr
Yes, and I think we stop and realize that our soul is not to be found in the labyrinths of concrete and steel. The slow quiet of nature is where we find ourselves, if only we slow down long enough to appreciate it. ;-)