Sunday, June 5, 2016

Connecting Labyrinths on World Labyrinth Day

The Carleton Place Community Labyrinth was honoured to host an 8th annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD) walk on Saturday May 7th at 1 p.m.   A day started by the Labyrinth Society  - as a day designated to bring people from all over the planet together in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for healing and peace.
Thankful for the support the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth gets from local media.
As a result of our ongoing promotion about the Carleton Place Community labyrinth - we were especially pleased to have an article about our WLD walk in the Humm (our local arts & culture newspaper) and to be interviewed by Brian Perkins of Lake 88 radio station on the morning of the walk. As well, the Ottawa Citizen featured an article - Daytripping on World Labyrinth Day - in the travel section.
This year there were over 200 events in 24 countries!
This year we were inspired to try a WLD experiment - linking with two other labyrinths (one in Ottawa and the other in Columbia, South America) - to share in reading a prayer for peace at the beginning of our respective walks.
Linking labyrinths: CP Community Labyrinth, the labyrinth at St. Stephen's Church in Ottawa and Buena Vista Labyrinth in Columbia, South America.
We found that our WLD experiment deepened our connection! In Ottawa, we walked linking the St. Stephen’s Labyrinth Peace Walk with the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth Peace Walk. Unfortunately we were only able to connect with our labyrinth contacts in South America by email.
 Thank you for trying.  The Andes are big mountains so it amazes me that we can ever connect with anyone - anytime.
We will be walking with you in spirit.
Bailey and Dawn
WLD labyrinth walkers chose an "intention" stone to carry with them to the centre.
Before we began our walks, we shared in these prayers for peace via iPhone/FaceTime.

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

chinese philospher - lao-tse - 6th century bce

Dear Creator, You, the borderless
sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
world that which we need most—Peace.

prayer - maya angelou
© 2005 (Last verse of Prayer)
Labyrinth walkers enjoyed the WLD walk and time for quiet reflection afterwards.
A reflection on peace - a heartfelt expression of what it meant to walk on this day.

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