A Labyrinth For Spiritual Health & Relaxation
Bill Palladino was out and about on Tuesday and drove rode past this scene on Munson’s front lawn. Included this message:
Saw this today. Reverend Kathy Steen, Munson’s Chaplain set up a portable labyrinth on the lawn in front of the Emergency room entrance, facing Elmwood Avenue.
She said it’s part of a program at Munson to “provide staff and others a chance to be spiritual during the day at work.” The modern-day labyrinth is designed to do much more than its mythical ancestor (keeping in the Minotaur). It provides a physical metaphor for finding your spiritual path. The large fabric labyrinth on the lawn of Munson’s property at 7th and Elmwood is big enough for a number of people to walk (barefooted) through its winding path.
What a great use of an otherwise empty expanse of lawn! Seeing this fired me up. I loved that people were taking their shoes off, being quiet, and that the simple use of the tarp created a temporary sacred space.
Thanks for sharing the scene Bill! Agreed, this is an excellent use of lawn space. Private, but very public. It’s simple and powerful. The beauty of this is that its really just a tarp, however, its a tarp with intention.
What other sacred/fun/adventurous/playful spaces can we create? As you can see, it doesn’t take much.
- Bellingham labyrinth readied for fall equinox (seattletimes.nwsource.com)