The seven-circuit labyrinth is a walking meditation
This is my garden Labyrinth on the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2007.
I build Labyrinths as well as give workshops and lectures. I was introduced to the labyrinth at the Great Lakes Retreat in July 0f '98 by Sylvia Bastian, who had studied with Sig Lonegren. I instantly knew that I had to have a labyrinth on my land. Being a gardener, it was an obvious choice to build my labyrinth out of herbs and perennials. Over the years, it has morphed and changed, so that now the inner rings hold the perennials and I plant the outer rings with cosmos, zinnia, Mexican blanket flowers and fun easy to grow flowers.
The ancient shape of the Labyrinth is found in cultures all over the globe. The Labyrinth can be used as a problem solver, a walking meditation and as a way to balance yourself. You connect with your inner being as you walk.
This is the path of the 7-circuit labyrinth, also known as the Cretan Labyrinth, because it was found on coins from ancient Crete. Follow the line with your finger to gain the same benefits as walking with your feet.
Begin by following the path. Stay on the trail and walk until you reach the Center. At the Center, spend some time reflecting and receiving. When you are ready, follow the path back out. Return the way you came.
Rich in history, the labyrinth dates from as early as the 3rd century BC. They are can be seen all over the world, especially in Scandinavia and Europe. Many remember the Greek myth of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth, while others may know of the myth of the fishermen who walked the labyrinths on the shore for a good catch. One of the most famous Labyrinths is found on the floor of the Chartes Cathedral in France, which dates from the 1200’s, and is walked as a pilgrimage.
They can be constructed out of rocks, hedges, bricks or painted on the floor or chalked on the ground. The modern revival of the labyrinth has allowed many to walk this ancient pathway and the wonder about its origins.
The Labyrinth welcomes you to walk its unicursal or single path. It is different from a maze in that it has only one way in and one way out. If you stay on the path, you will always reach the center.
The Labyrinth can be seen a metaphor for life’s journey. Many experience a calming peaceful feeling when walking; while others feel confused in places. Each is unique. You may find that your feelings change throughout the journey of the Labyrinth. What ever you feel is part of your personal experience and the unique beauty of the Labyrinth.