Feeling Lost in a Maze? Try a Labyrinth

“We are not human beings on a spiritual path but spirits on a human path.”    – Dr. Lauren Artress, Episcopal priest and labyrinth pioneer

Walking in circles has always puzzled me because it seems so pointless. Why walk unless there’s somewhere to go; a direction with a destination. Only makes sense. Or did—until age started slowing me down.

 Now I’m coming to understand things long found puzzling. Like labyrinths. They seemed like a good way to manufacture dizziness if the Midway wasn’t in town. And why take the long way to center when  a shortcut right across the middle got me there in a moment? Especially if I was just turning around and coming back out.

Like I said, I didn’t get it.

Now, as I’m learning to breathe myself back into my own life; back into the center of me, aka my soul, well, let’s just say the light is getting brighter. Besides, what would I be proving if I whipped through the circles, or took a shortcut? That I’m impatient? That I don’t know how to savour simplicity? That I’m no different than the majority of humans?

Dr. Lauren Artress believes that we live in a left brain world and that there’s a whole other world we must connect with, and become part of, in order to meet the challenges of the coming century. One way, according to her, is through the use of labyrinths. Dr. Artress states, ‘When people walk into a labyrinth they shift consciousness from the linear to the non-linear; they bring a deep, intuitive, pattern part of themselves to the surface.’

Hospitals and medical centers are beginning to incorporate labyrinths in their healing processes. It’s an acknowledgement that the analytical approach to healing may not always be enough. Labyrinths offer patients, family member, and medical professionals a place to go to find physical and mental relaxation.

Or, as Daniel H. Pink in his book  A Whole New Mind  puts it best, ‘Approaches once dismissed as woo-woo suggestions from New Age whack jobs can help patients get better.’

I do believe if a labyrinth is good enough for the John Hopkins Medical Center to create within their facilities, I think it’s worth some consideration from me. Now—all I need to do is convince dear husband to fit in a little specialized gardening in our backyard and yehaw— I’ll be walking with myself into the zone…

Ciao for now

                                                                             

                                      

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