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sectioh c HaysFreePress:com Dog days of Buda s, Buda is going to the !Wiener dogs and ogs, that is.Wie- ners will take over for two days at Buda City Park on April 24 and 25 as part of the annual Lions Club Country Fair and Weiner Dog Races. Old Bulldogs will be in town on Saturda May 8 for the annual Buda High Forever Reunion at the old Buda High School (now Buda El- ementary). Both events will make for a fun time for all the folks participating. coo There is a new resident on Pin Oak Drive in Moun- tain Ci Sarah Nicole wes welcomed home by proud parents, Christi and Michael Chabarria and big brother Matthew, age 2 1/2. Baby Sarah was born at high noon on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, weighing in at seven pounds, four ounces and measuring 21 inches long. Congratula- tions to all the family. Buda was ell represent- ed in Austin Sunday morn- ingin the Capitol 10,000. Coming in as first place winners in their age division were Jeffrey Shelton, age 41, with a chip time of 33:48 and Liz Shelton, age 32, with a chip time of 37:13. Coming in at 1 lth place with a time of 39:19 in the 40-44 age reOnnU p was 40-year-old Chad ett. Jeremy Brenham, age 12, placed 10th in his age bracket with a time of 49:32. Seventy-four-year old Hope Palacios placed third in the 70-74 age division with a chip time of 1:26:39. Hats off to all the runners from our area. tOI Survivors and caregivers wanlug to participate in Relay for Life of Buda/Kyie should contact Becky Fisher at 512-750-4697. Remember it is not too late to form a team to make the race on May 14. Also ffyou would like to "light up the mack" by purchasing luminar- ies in honor or memory of someone with cancer, again contact Becky. ole The chefs of Onion Creek Senior Citizens Center will be cooking up King Ranch Chicken to sell as a fund- miser for the center. There will be three sizes and three prices. The casseroles will be ready April 29-30. To reserve a dish call Sandra at 512-262- 2110 or 468-4451. OOO Birthday wishes go out to Syd Hall of Driftwood on April 15; Mitch Johnson and Ralph Rice on April 16; Con- nie Brewer on April 19; Hope Sanford on April 21. IOO Again this year, the clock at Buda City Hall is not keep- ing up with the correct time because of the change to daylight savings time. Hope someone can get it fight. Sure does confuse the public! Central Texas trio starts Dripping Springs brewery. - Page 1D April 14, 2010 Page 1C PHOTOS BY JEN BIUNDO With one path in to the center and one path out, labyrinths have been used for millennia as a tool for meditation or prayer. Cara Matisko built a labyrinth last month in the backyard of her old town Buda home. Journey to the center ,00fthe soul Buda labyrinth offers pathway to medit00.tion, enlightenment BY JEN BIUND0 jen@haysfreepress.com he path through the labyrinth is simple - one way in and one way out; one foot in front of the other through the curves laid out in stones on the grassy ground. But for labyrinth aficionados, the arcing path can offer a powerful tool for prayer or meditation. That's what inspired local resident and Reiki practitioner Cara Matisko to construct a labyrinth last month in the backyard of her old town Buda home. Matisko was first intro- duced to labyrinths at a retreat in Sedona, Arizona. "I had such profound ex- periences that I felt called to recreate a little bit of it in my own space and to share it with people who felt drawn here for healing," Matisko said. Modifying the design from a medieval pattern, Matisko spent about four days laying out the pathway in rocks. Her seven-circuit labyrinth is 55 feet in diameter and takes about five to 10 minutes to walk. Unlike mazes, with branching paths and dead ends designed as a mental challenge, labyrinths such as Matisko's have just one path in and one path out. That journey inward to the center and outward again can be symbolically profound, Mat- isko said. "You release what you're concemed about as you're walking in," Matisko said. "The center is symbolic of illu- mination, and you're integrat- ing that wisdom into your life as you're walking out." Labyrinths have a long history stretching back to the ancient world, and they saw a resurgence during the medi- eval era. Roman Catholic or- ders used labyrinths as a tool for prayer, such as the famous Cara Matisko says she felt called to build her own labyrinth in Buda after having a profound experience with labyrinths in Sedona, AZ. DAY TRIP To arrange a visit the labyrinth, call Cara Mat- isko at 512-295-6797. The labyrinth will be open on May 1 at 1 p.m. for World Labyrinth Day 300 West Goforth Road, Buda labyrinth built around 1200 in the Chartres Cathedral near Paris. Monk used the laby- rinth desigr to adorn bibles and rellgiou:s manuscripts. In recent years;, labyrinths have been built ats a spiritual tool in parks, hospiitals, chapels and retreats. For MatisRo, a practicing Catholic whlo is also steeped in new age s!pirituality, the link between prayer and medita- tion is simpl[e. "For me, lmOSt simply, prayer is whlen we talk to God, and meditation is when we quiet oursehves and try to be still enough to hear him talk to us," Matisko said. "For a long time, still meditation was too abstract for me. For a lot of people, moving meditation is easier." For the last six years, Matisko has been a practitio- ner and teacher of Reiki, an alternative healing technique that she discovered after her mother was recuperating from a p,,alnful accident. After experiencing it, I was hooked," Matisko said. "It just transformed my life and really opened me up to my spiritual- ity." About five years ago, Mat- isko and her now-husband Eugene, looking for a new be- ginning, drove across country and felI in love with the Austin area. Searching through the small communities around Austin, they stumbled onto their home. "We were driving down the interstate and I said, 'Boodah, let's get out here,'" Matisko recalled. The couple found a small home onWest G oforth, just off historic Cedar Street, with a shed that could serve as Eugene's professional guitar- building workshop and a guesthouse for Cara's Reiki clinic. They settled into Buda at the start of 2006, when Matisko was pregnant with her daughter Cheyanne; a son Angelo followed two years later. As her children get older, Matisko is expanding her Reiki practice and hopes to create a retreat center in the guest house overlooking the labyrinth. Marisko and her family held a blessing and dedication ceremony for the labyrinth on March 28, and will open it up to the public again on May 1, the official "World Labyrinth Day," when people across the globe will walk a labyrinth at 1 p.m. in their time zone "to cre- ate a rolling wave of peace on the planet," Matisko said. Putting your mind at ease IYOUR 00[AT52p 00cem00ta- on some of the firne so that we can be mindful and at peace more of the tne. Meditation is not an escape but a return to the essence of who we are. Some also think of medita- tion as a time in which we rest in God. There is nothin mys- terious about meditation, et something mysterious appens. Meditation is simply allowing ourselves to be present with the present moment. Walking can be a meditation if our attention is on the movement ofthe body and the sensation of the feet making contact with the ground. Eating can be a meditation when we turn offthe TV and focus on the texture and taste of the food we eat. In meditation we give our racing minds a chance to rest and simply be. There is no need to change or fix anything. Below are suggestions for those who wish to begin a practice of centering meditation. It is a practice because it is never done perfectly, nor should we ect it to be. And yet when one regularly we are slowly transformed by simply show- ing up to the practice. Our minds will wonder during meditation; there are limes when it seems like nothing is happening. Yet on a deep level something is happen- ing. A Presence greater than our problems, thoughts and feelings stills us and heals us. All we have to do is show up with an intention to let go into the silence. The pres- ence of the divine, of that ystery which holds all life, oes the rest. 1.Time and Place. Ar- range a regular time, when you won t be interrupted, and a quiet spot, where you wont be disturbed by people, the telephone, or pets. This is one time when you are not on call, when you set aside the usual mode of constant doing and switch to a mode of non-doing, of being. This is your time. Giving yourself this time will tend, with prac- rice, to slow time down. 2. Posture. Sit in an erect and dignified posture, in a straight-backed chair or on the floor with a cushion. Sit with your head, neck, and back erect but not rigid, shoulders relaxed, hands laced comfortably in your or on your knees. Slightly tuck your chin, and lift the head toward the ceiling. Close your eyes, or ifyou wish, slightly open, looking at the floor. 3. Relaxation. Relax your muscles sequentially, head to foot. 4. Breaflfing. Bring your attention to your breath by waiting for the body to take its next in-breath. We want to attend to the breath withOut manipulating it, just watching it come, and go, as the body breathes itself. Notice the breath coming in at the nostrils. Feel the abdominal wall expand on the in-breath, and then feel it fall back on the out-breath. Enjoy the quiet at the end of the out-breath and wait for the next in-breath to come. See MEDITATION, pg. 6C VEINTEC VARICOSE VEIN CLINICS OFFICE IN BUDA! 1760 FM 967, / v