by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:
Solstice began at 8:27 a.m. in our Greater Victoria Region this year, 2017. My son joined me to walk in winter in the frost at our Irving Park Labyrinth in James Bay. We arrived about 8:15 a.m. to join a few other souls to walk under some beautiful old cedar and sequoia trees.
The day before I went with my son to Instinct Art and Gifts (on the corners of Broad and View) so he could pick out a pouch and stones representing the astrological houses of the zodiac. He picked out a beautiful pouch made from a used sari and 12 stones using a great chart posted showing what stones align with each month. (For more on crystals and stones that I am sharing with my boy)
He brought his pouch of stones along with him to walk in winter! For me, I enjoy planting these seeds and sharing this way of connecting with nature that can be a support for his health and well-being anytime.
We paused before starting the labyrinth walk and discussed possible intentions for walking the labyrinth on the eve of the first day of natures new year. It became clear that I wouldn’t be able to hold the space by letting others walk first and then follow-up behind them. The need seemed to be for me to lead and I loved being able to turn and ask, “Matthew will you go last and hold the space for the walk?” He was happy too!
Afterwards he was thanked. This support made a difference for one person. As I look back on it now it was a very gentle and subtle way of guiding my child into understanding how important it is to hold a safe space and create a container for others to trust their path. This can be in walking a labyrinth or in dialogue! More seeds planted!!!!
A very beautiful morning indeed! The ground was frozen and the steps crunchy as we made our way into the center and stopped to experience the sun rising over the neighboring buildings. The early morning sounds of a waking city in the background didn’t take away the experience of nature. As I was standing in the center myself I happened to notice two old trees at the entrance of the park behind the ones circling the labyrinth. I realized I had not noticed them over the years of walking the labyrinth thus recognizing my focus was closer to the labyrinth itself!
If you are visiting the James Bay Village, the labyrinth is in the back corner of the park farthest away from the corner of Menzies and Michigan.
Crystal Zodiac Paperback – by Judy Hall (Author)
You may already know your birthstone, but you may be surprised to learn that there are several other stones associated with your birth chart. Whether you are looking for profound soul growth, healing or help with everyday decisions, this book will show you how to select the right zodiac crystals for you.
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication, Empathy, Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015