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Navigating Life... 
Directions & Elements
A Timeless Path & Symbol of Recovery 
Engaging With the Wisdom of Nature
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Learning about the elements and corresponding directions engages both ancient nature-based faith expressions and modern physiological insights into our humanity and how we are connected to Earth.

The forms of the elements; manifestations of air, earth, fire and water; are metaphorically and physiologically related to human qualities we possess. We share the elements in communion with Earth,
The Universe, & Spirit/Sense of Self...
on our journey through life. 

Finding insight into the directions & their relative elements are an interesting and tangible way to identify areas in life which call for exploration and/or the setting of individual intention. The center...where the four directions meet, is viewed as the axis of one’s spiritual/humanist compass as well as a point of connection with community. 

Identifying strengths and weaknesses within the  comparisons of the directions and elements, and gaining understanding of how to find balance at the center, is a grounding way to navigate and find direction for your path in life!

Labyrinths exist as tangible four dimensional interactive forms as well as visual two-dimensional symbols and also in the lore of myth and metaphor.  This page explores how the symbol of the labyrinth can be interpreted as an insightful comparison to the life path in recovery. 

If you interested in learning more about the history, use, meaning, symbology, and even the location of local labyrinths, check into the dedicated page for more information & resources.


Labyrinths are rich multi-layered symbols that can provide a framework for meditation on consciousness and mindful aspirations.

If you would you like to find a labyrinth to walk there are labyrinths located all over Minnesota...check the page for links in finding them! 

There are so many resources for engaging in traditions, disciplines, and rituals which can increase your focus and insightful sense of self, others, and environment.  

Rituals are all around us.

 In recovery we celebrate the passing of time, often receiving a gift which symbolizes that time. 
Some of us practice meditation, daily readings, 
self-care routines, mindfulness, breathing exercises, awareness, and exercise.  Yoga, for example, is a complex form of ritual. 


Know it or not, we are often engaging in forms of ritual that take us back in time through our heritage and culture. 

Check this page for connections to rituals that are nature-based systems, both social and personal.  These systems can provide a more defined language and structure in the pursuit for well being and spiritual/humanist grounding and growth.

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