Monday, May 4, 2015

A World-wide Celebration of the Labyrinth

Our World Labyrinth Day walk turned out to be a great success.  Just minutes before one – people started arriving!  And there were 22 people walking as 1 at 1 PM! 
We placed a globe and World Labyrinth Day poster as a focal point on the labyrinth.
We placed a globe and an enlargement of the World Labyrinth Day  poster on the labyrinth too – and we could see people pausing to look at this setup as they were walking.  It was a good thematic focal point to have - and a reminder of that we were walking together with hundreds of other people in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for healing and peace.
On a labyrinth walk today. Boy was it fun!
New this year, we had a "reflection table" - where some children (and adults) coloured before the walk – and some labyrinth walkers gathered afterwards to draw or journal while reflecting upon their experience in the labyrinth.
We had a "reflection table" for labyrinth walkers to gather at after their walk.
There was a short talk - at the standing stone - about World Labyrinth Day, the difference between a labyrinth and a maze, the story of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth and tips about how to walk a labyrinth.
Work of art created after walking the labyrinth.
And then people started by standing quietly on the pausing stone at the labyrinth entrance - and then walking contemplatively. Afterwards – we invited anyone who wanted to be in the group photo to head to the entrance of the labyrinth.
Greetings from the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth!
Walking the labyrinthine way of my life 
No thought, no time, no place, no rhyme or reason for it 
But this step forward 
And this one next 
Feet on ground, heart stone in hand 
Held in the vast emptiness 
Let go, let go
(by Christine Dixon, WLD walk participant)

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