Travel: Back in Nashville

Well we’re back in Nashville for the weekend! It’s B’s second block of school at Vandy. He drove up early Thursday morning and has class through Monday evening. Sunny and I, unfortunately, only get the weekend to explore. We have to head back this afternoon so I can make it to class tomorrow morning. BUT we did made sure to fit in a bunch of fun stuff while we were here.  First thing we did when we got into town was pick up B from class and head over to Centennial Dog Park. Sundance had a great time stretching her legs and we had a great view of the sunset over the city skyline. It feels like no time at all since we were here last month.

After, we then ran over to Hot&Cold on 21st for a chocolate dipped paleta. Delicious.

On one of our walks around town Sunny and I also stumbled on the Scarritt-Bennett Center. A beautiful compound that has been voted one of the best places in Nashville to get married 4 years in a row. It serves predominately as a meeting place and conference center. The grounds are beautiful and in the courtyard they have a Labyrinth. After reading up on it, it turns out to be a very old and interesting spiritual tradition designed to aid in meditation and reflection.

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A view of the courtyard with Scarritt Hall in the background.

THE LABYRINTH is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. It is more ancient than Christianity itself, dating back to thousands of years before Christ, but it was part of spiritual practice in the medieval church. By walking a replica of the 11-circuit Chartres Labyrinth, laid in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral around 1220, we are rediscovering a long forgotten mystical tradition that is resurfacing in many places. The labyrinth is a powerful symbol of spiritual journey that was introduced into medieval prayer practice when the traditional pilgrimages to the holy land became too dangerous for most travelers. Both in that time, and in our time, people have found it helpful for meditation.

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Sun in the center of the Labyrinth.

There are three stages to walking the Labyrinth. The first is Purgation, you cleanse and purify your mind. The second is Illumination, which typically occurs in the center of the Labyrinth and is when you meditate and reflect. And the final stage is Union in which you are in tune with your higher power or the healing forces at work in the world.

Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work you feelyour soul reaching for.

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She looks pretty zen to me.

You get a better sense of the design of the Labryinth in this one.

You get a better sense of the design of the Labyrinth and scale of the hall in this one.

Well Sun and I have one more afternoon of exploring before heading back to Birmingham and studying for a skills check off. Wish us luck!

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