Saturday, August 8, 2009

Labyrinths


I have returned! It has been a good week of some rest, some travelling, some needed time with my hubby. We visted family, travelled to Saratoga and Montreal and did some shopping.

I did miss the blogworld but I also needed to step back and do other things.



I rediscovered labyrinths this week. An article I read in a new little magazine for our area, "Sunshine" sparked a renewal of interest in labyrinths. The author, Lara Stewart-Panko states that the labyrinth is a tool for "discovery and transformation", that there is no one way to walk a labyrinth.


She also provided a finger labyrinth, which I had never heard of.
This morning I decided to find out more. I discovered some interesting sites:

http://www.lessons4living.com/finger_labyrinth.htm There is a finger labyrinth here to follow. At this site as well there is a lot of information on labyrinths, so be sure to explore it.

http://www.pathsofpeace.com/dancingw.html The dancing woman labyrinth – for grief/ enduring love. I loved this one. It is appropriate for this week as my Mom's 80th birthday would have been on Aug.11th.
http://www.labyrinthonline.com/sug.html There are suggestions for walking a virtual labyrinth (about 15 min).

I have yet to walk a labyrinth, but using the finger model has been a meditation for me this week. I hope to seek out local ones soon. (check here for one near you! http://labyrinthlocator.com/
The labyrinth fits so well with Leah's Creative Every Day theme for August of movement. Here, the movement is both physical and spiritual.

7 comments:

Rose said...

I love labyrinths and mazes.... I am determined to learn more about them so will love looking up your links! Glad you had a good break!

Angie said...

Thanks for the links, really loved the finger labyrinth, very relaxing.
So glad you had a lovely break, but also good to see you back!

Beverley Baird said...

Thanks so much Angie and Rose.
I can't believe tho I went all week without posting tho! I was itching to find a computer every day! lol
Now I have to get back into the rhythym of blogging and creating again! Sure missed both.

Leone said...

Hi Bev, welcome back. I was thinking about you when I heard about the tornado in Quebec. Glad to hear you weren't affected by it. Labrynth's are so interesting. There is a church in the West End of Vanc. - St Paul's - that has a labrynth painted on the floor. It's the same as the one in the church in France. I walked it a few times when I lived next door to it. Quite often on a Friday night they have live music, such as harp or something else meditative. It's a very calming experience. Good luck with your search for one close by.

Labyrinth Gal said...

Beverly,
Always great to find a fellow labyrinth enthusiast! You can make your own finger labyrinths using dimensional paint for the lines. It gives it a 3-D feel. Fun to do with eyes closed. I have complete instructions on my website healinglabyrinthpath.com on the Free Stuff page under Labyrinth Art Projects.

Kids love labyrinths, so perhaps you could do one at your school--maybe a temporary one? I've used blue tape in school gyms when I'm presenting seminars. Outside, you can use rope or spray paint on the grass.

Hope you get to walk a labyrinth soon! All the BEST, :-) Hali

Leone said...

So pleased that you have found a couple of labyrinths nearby. The labyrinth in St Paul's, Vanc. is a copy of the one in Chartres Cathedral in France. Look forward to seeing what you create next.

Leah said...

Oo, I was reading this post thinking this is so perfect for the month of movement and then I saw you mentioned it! yay! Now I need to research and find a local labyrinth!