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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.

  1. lmaynard
    October 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for sharing. If it’s still there- I’ll try it out on my walk to work.

  2. Bob EIchenlaub
    October 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Gary
    Check out this week’s Newsweek mag. It features an article about roundabouts in the front section. Even ‘the mainstream’ media is catching on. Now we need to work on our city commissioners.
    Bob Eichenlaub

  3. Bill Palladino
    October 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    One of the elements of this type of labyrinth that intrigues me is that the boundaries of the path are two dimensional. There are no rocks, or plants, or mounds of Earth keeping you on course. The only thing enforcing the journey is your intention. And that, by itself, is a very active concept.

  4. October 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks, Bill. I love labyrinths and the idea of one being set out near the hospital is so wonderful; the place where healing and spiritual energy is needed by the healers as much as those being healed.

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