Friday, March 26, 2010

NYC - Battery Park: Jerusalem Grove and Battery Labyrinth for Contemplation

I had the privilege of visiting New York City this week - taking a course for work.  I did an online search for labyrinths in NYC - hoping to find one I could visit and walk after being inside all day.  I was delighted to find the Battery Labyrinth in nearby Battery Park.  I felt  an incredible sense of peacefulness and going with the flow while walking the path of this lovely labyrinth.  I spent some time at the centre looking out towards the Statue of Liberty, enjoying being in the moment and the warmth of the setting sun.

Here is some more information, as found here on Flickr:
"It was created originally to commemorate the one year anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy and offers the public a way to reflect, honor and heal.  The labyrinth path is outlined with 1,148 granite blocks that form seven circular rings. Designed by Camino de Paz Labyrinths, it runs approximately 358 feet to the center core and then 358 out again to the entrance.A labyrinth encourages contemplation on a journey with a clear destination. It's goal is to create an internal balance generated by the rhythm of the walking and the mental state of no decision-making. The labyrinth sits within Jerusalem Grove--a grove of 11 Blue Atlas Cedars (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'). The cedars were a gift from Israel and dedicated on July 8, 1976."

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