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Walking the labyrinth in New Harmony, Indiana. A spiritual occurrance. Prose

Updated on April 14, 2016
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

New Harmony, Indiana Labyrinth.
New Harmony, Indiana Labyrinth.

An inspirational path that beckons a return.

Yea, tho I walk through the maze of this mysterious labyrinth

I will fear no evil for thou art with me every uncertain step of the way

Each puzzling turn I take I wonder is this the correct way?

Then I pause and remember, there is no wrong way

Although It may seem difficult, I am comforted by the gentle breeze that caresses my moist brow

I see the blue sky above with fluffy clouds drifting lazily by

I'm turning another zigzag. Which way?

I see a baby rabbit scampering by

I wonder where it's mama is?

Aha new birth, " A time for planting and a time for harvesting "

Funny, I should think of that scripture?

I'm winding down. It's a straight walk with two directions, one to the right and one to the left

I'm watching the baby rabbit, he's turning left

He must sense his mama is near


I follow close behind and see him run to his mama, so beautiful!

I look up and see an exit sign

I must have chosen the correct path

I wonder what I would've seen if I'd chosen the other way?

My psyche whispers, " You will walk this amazing labyrinth again on another bright sunny day. "

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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. When my sister Eva died Mar and Gail emailed me about walking the labyrinth to relieve grief and stress. Gail did that when her first love died. It is a calming and healing process. I hope you will try it, I'm sure you'll love it. Thank you. Hugs...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, I'm sorry for being so late, somehow I missed this. I do enjoy walking the labyrinth in New Harmony, In. It is sorta like meditation but moving. Happy you enjoyed! Thank you..

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      This hub immediately brought our dear friend Maria to mind. She was the first to introduce me to the concept. Now I'm seeing more and more of them pop up. I've never walked one, but I hear they are very calming.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh, that labyrinth of life...you have given it poetry and a sense of the mystique that creates new possibilities for us all with the arrival of spring -- like that sweet little rabbit that knows, like you, intuitively of which path to take. Wonderful poetry, my friend. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Patricia. So happy to see you. Thank you for your awesome comment. Thank you for the angels!

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is awesome...I felt as though I was there. Just what I needed to read this morning. Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi. Nell. Thank you for the awesome comment. So glad you enjoyed...

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      That's awesome Ruby! I love it! well done, nell

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Paula. I am so happy that you were inspired to walk a labyrinth in your area, after reading this piece. Thank you for telling me. I love to share Elvis. He was my first love and still today I get ' All Shook Up ' when I listen to him. LOL.. Hugs and blessings my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie. It's funny how the mind/thoughts soar when walking a labyrinth. Every little thing you see is important and it registers in the psyche. I want to walk it again, only go another route. Martie I have always felt that we were on the same course even though we're in different parts of the world. Hugs and love across the miles....

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      Paula 

      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruby....This is so inspiring. I am eager to walk a labyrinth. I've gone so far as to research where some exist in my area. Your hub has encouraged me to make this a priority.

      Your work is always something beautiful, Ruby. Bless your heart....& Thank you for sharing Elvis singing one of my favorite songs! Paula

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      Your thoughts are so the same as mine, dear Ruby. I will always wonder what I have been missing. But then, if I have had it, I would not have had the wonderfulness I now have. Oh, sadly, we can't have it all!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita, I love nature and especially this time of year. Everything is so new and fresh, and yes, I'm an explorer, we never know what is over the next horizon. Thank you. Much love backatcha...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Venkatchari, I am so glad you traveled with me on this journey. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this piece. So happy you enjoyed...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello junko.How very nice to see you on my page. I am not special in any way. I try to do the best I can. We are all flawed in one way or the other. I believe God has a purpose for us all, we just need to find the path and travel spiritually together. Thank you so much. It appears you have found that path. I am always happy to see you have written again. God bless..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE, so happy you enjoyed my journey. Thank you...

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Wonderful sentiment to me, and yes, you're always exploring. No bad thing. Can only elevate or enhance your inner Light, Ruby. Much Love.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Ruby, this is a wonderful presentation of your journey through the labyrinth. Enjoyed a lot, reading it twice to catch the beauty of nature's scenery. A great crafting of the words. Thanks for taking me on this wonderful journey.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron, I would love walking the labyrinth with you. We could talk in rhymes! lol. Thank you dear one.

      Love and blessings to a pearl of a friend...

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      junko 

      2 years ago

      You are always exploring yourself and life history since you have fully matured spiritually. You wonder if you were as good a human being as you can and could have been back then. I don't know you as a person but because of the spiritual you that I hear and feel here on HP, I believe you were a Good Human Being all your life. As best you could. God has kept us here long enough to see and enjoy the simple things in life that really matters and makes life worth living. So enjoy your well earned gifts my friend and share what you can. I can dig your poetry, its cool and hot.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ruby you shared the greatness of your words in this journey. I loved it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby! My gem of a friend, this is just beautiful. I too wish I could have been there with you and Theresa of course, but then you would not have been able to converse with your muse and this beautifully created work of inspiration would have gone unwritten. We would have been too busy chatting.

      Blessings and hugs my gem of a friend

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. I wish you could have been there too. My desire is that someday we hubbers can meet face-to-face, wouldn't that be great?! Thank you for your wonderful comment and sharing. God bless..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, I remember when Gail wrote her piece about walking the labyrinth to relieve stress. She even emailed me when my sister Eva passed away. I can see how it helped her in her time of need. It is a journey of relaxation and self-reflection. I'm glad our path's crossed too. I think it was meant to be. Hugs and love my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, and I totally agree. The journey through the maze is enchanting, never knowing what you'll see next. Thank you for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. You thinking this was a cool write and enjoying it is super cool. Thank you my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita, I got it. ( Lost ) Hee. I think reading your poetry brings out the frequent pauses and enjoying the scenery/ environment more these days. Thank you dear poet/friend.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Ahhh, Ruby, this is one of the most beautiful poems I've read here of late!

      Wow, I'm truly blown away in reading this inspirational piece. Oh, I wish I could have been there walking that labyrinth along with you, but these things are sometimes best alone, except for Elvis, of course!

      Really stellar writing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially after a long day in the city.

      Peace and blessings

      Sharing everywhere

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      How beautiful that you found your way to this labyrinth...

      Your poem captures the essence in that we are all on our own journey - wherever it shall take us...so glad we've crossed paths, dear Ruby.

      Love you and hugs, mar

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank, thanks for telling me that you liked this enough to reread it, that's cool!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, I've walked the labyrinth more than once and I always come away with a different prospective. The little rabbit was an added treat. Thank you for coming by, and yes, Elvis is a left over from days when I was a groupie and still am!!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely reflections! On a beautiful day, who really cares if they solve the labyrinth? The joy is in the journey.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A very cool write. I enjoyed it.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Ha ha, Ruby. Nice twist on David there. Very, very nice. Yes, we seem to pause a lot, enjoying the scenery perhaps, then we get lost ... remember ... get lost .... ha ha. Great poetry.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      wow, this piece of prose do hold a stunning surprise... I actually enjoyed it enough to read and then reread... :)

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - What beautiful words. The Spring has returned and brought sunshine into your days. I see you took Elvis along with you on your walk. And I agree there is no wrong way.

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