Legend has it that this is the spot where Columba first set foot on Iona with his twelve monks on the day of Pentecost,563. Port a'Churaich (the harbor of the curragh) is steeped in legend. The colorful stones reminded me of the stone beach on Campobello I visited last September...another beach of metaphors.
I gathered two stones, the grey on with the two white rings was my wishing stone. The small green one is called St. Columba's "tears" and is much sought after. It is the green Iona marble that sailors on the island carry in their pockets for good luck.
After focusing all my thoughts on things I wanted to be released from, I threw the grey stone as far out into the sea as I could. The green one will travel home with me. I could use a little good luck right now!
|Labyrinth at St. Columba's Bay|
One thing I decided to do here on Iona was to write a note to myself and mail it off so it will be there when I arrive home. I wanted to remind myself of the serenity I found on this island. I plan to do this a couple of more times before I head back to the states on June 8.