Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens

In Temples of LA on March 23, 2011 at 12:15 am

The upside to taking a toddler along when you visit a holy place like this one in the West Adams district of Los Angeles is three-fold:  1) you’re immediately a good person for showing your daughter something that the docent/guide/believer finds very special, 2) their asides to Briar are super-revealing and 3) “Oh boy, would you look at that, she really is ready to go.  I’ll have to skip the pitch but the literature looks real interesting!”

That said. <lowering defensive posture> This place is awesome.

The architecture is storied and beautiful.  The grounds are filled with quiet places to reflect.  Some unique angles on the southern parts of LA totally startled me.

It’s the HDQ to MSIA.  From their literature:  Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens is home to the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, which teaches Soul Transcendence and practical spirituality, and Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy, the educational arm of MSIA, which offers master’s and doctoral programs, classes on the Internet, and retreats, workshops, and classes exploring spirituality in locations around the world.

It’s a beautiful place to spend a couple of unhurried hours.

Serene and centered as it all is, this dad gets concerned every time he takes his free-wheeling daughter into one of these joints.  He sees danger!  What if it sticks?  Briar’s pure state of non-belief could be seriously destroyed by a sudden infection of wonder.

Believe me, I don’t take this shit lightly.  My own dad’s journey lead him to expose me to a double dose of Xian religion and a lot of hippy-dippy shit that I’m still working out to this day.   (See BURNT.)

So far, no worries…

In fact, walking out, holding her mother and her fathers’ hands and swinging between them, Briar was chanting over and over “you can’t open the gate, you can’t open the gate…”

By the time she was strapped into her car-seat, it was a song.

I love you, my little heathen.  Stay beige.

  1. I love you and your parenting

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