Labyrinths – World Labyrinth Day

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Labyrinths – World Labyrinth Day

Labyrinths have always held a fascination for me–whether stones lain on grass in a simple spiral formation, a seven-circuit pattern, or even a more elaborate Chartres design–a labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. A labyrinth has only one path. It is unicursal. The way in is also the way out. The path leads you on a circuitous path to the center and out again. Simply put, a labyrinth garden has pattern with a purpose. It is a metaphor for life’s journey.

Unlike mazes which are more like a puzzle meant to challenge you, a labyrinth lends itself to a form of meditation to reduce stress and alleviate pain. This type of meditation has only recently (in the last 30 years) become mainstream in conventional health care. From Hospice to hospitals, labyrinths are now being found in small quiet areas of large institutions.

Churches and childcare facilities are also providing a place to gather, either alone or with a group, to meditate along the labyrinth path. There is also a trend to add a labyrinth to one’s own private garden.SAMSUNG >There is no right way to walk a labyrinth–just begin at the beginning, go to the center, and return again. Even the reason to enter can vary from one day to the next. You may be seeking comfort from sorrow or rejoicing as you embrace the day. You could journey alone or with a friend or a group. But in all cases, pay attention to your experience.

This Labyrinth at Millbrook Baptist Church, off Millbrook Road in Raleigh, was established in 2002 to serve as a place of spiritual insight and renewal. The Labyrinth is frequented by Individuals and small groups of 3 - 4, and is open anytime. The gardens surrounding the Labyrinth are beautifully landscaped with benches for quite reflection and meditation.It might be helpful to think about your labyrinth as having thee parts: releasing, receiving, and returning.

Releasing begins at the entrance as you walk towards the center shedding or letting go thoughts and emotions to empty and quiet the mind.

Receiving is when you reach the center. The center is the place to receive what is there for you. Here, you are in a meditative state.

Returning is the walk out empowering you to take what you have received and journey back into the world, energized.

For me, even the sight of labyrinth brings calmness. My mind often goes to some medieval place and yet, I find it refreshing to know labyrinths are becoming increasing in popularity in today’s society. Whenever and wherever I find a labyrinth, I always begin the journey with one step forward.

DESIGNING A LABYRINTH AT HOME

Labyrinths come in many designs with lots of variations but three main styles are common: The Chartes named after the designed found a the medieval French Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartes; the seven-circuit pattern which is detailed here; and a simple spiral in the grass with alternating paths of mown and un-mown grass or even simply laying rocks in a spiral pattern.

How-to make 20- by 20-foot, simple spiral labyrinth in a 25-foot area.

Step 1: On existing turf or gravel, measure equal distances at four corners to make a square and mark with stakes. Then tie two strings diagonally to find the center point, and hammer in a stake.

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