Labyrinth at Dragon’s Teeth

2014-07-15 14.43.43 2014-07-15 14.44.57 2014-07-15 14.45.22 2014-07-15 14.47.44 2014-07-15 14.48.36 2014-07-15 14.50.02 2014-07-15 14.52.46 2014-07-15 14.53.03 2014-07-15 14.53.46There is, at the northwest corner of Maui’s head, a labyrinth by the sea. It is in the resort town of Kapalua, and indeed it can only be reached by walking at the edge of the golf course. As we make our way to the point, we have the jagged rocks below and big crashing waves. This unique spot is not called Dragon’s Teeth for nothing. It feels like the primordial beginning of time. We veer to our left, remembering that the labyrinth was over that way. Just as we begin to doubt our recollection, it appears first a little then finally in its entirety. It is a full size labyrinth of Chartres design. It must have taken a group of highly motivated people who laid out the round white river rocks that form the pattern that is enhanced by green grass growing in between.

We start our walking meditation. The path curves this way and that, sometimes taking us near the center then moving us away. The sun shines on, the clouds come and go, strong winds blow. It feels like there is only Here and Now, and at the same time this must be what Eternity is like.

We go on and on. Winds blow harder and it begins to rain – and rain, and rain. We can hardly stand upright, much less walk. So we hasten back to the golf course and the parking lot. By the time we reach our car, the storm has passed. We can look out and see the neighbor islands. They seem so close. We are back from Eternity to Maui.

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