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Labyrinth

Introduction

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol for healing and a path to renewing the body-mind-spirit connection, which dates back more than 3000 years. Labyrinths of pre-Christian Knossos and Egypt were followed by labyrinths in European cathedrals.  The best-known labyrinth is an eleven-circuit design dating back to the 13th century, and is laid on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. Burlington's Central Park Labyrinth is modeled after this one.

The Central Park labyrinth is also the first permanent wheelchair accessible labyrinth in Canada.

Research and Wellness Benefits

Research conducted by Harvard Medical School's Mind/Body Institute (see below) has found that focused walking meditation is highly effective at reducing anxiety, and done on a regular basis, can result in long-term health benefits. This includes reduction of insomnia, reduction of chronic pain, lowering blood pressure and greater powers of concentration.

A labyrinth is an ancient, geometric pattern that has a single path that leads into the centre and out again. Not to be confused with a maze, a labyrinth was originally based on a circle, the ancient symbol for healing, unity and wholeness. A maze offers a choice of paths, dead ends and false starts; it is our cognitive mind (left brain) that loves to problem solve.  Walking the labyrinth involves the creative and intuitive mind (right brain) and can be calming and balancing.  The choice is whether to walk the labyrinth – a spiritual journey.

Ancient and modern labyrinths can be found in many areas of the world, including France, England, Sweden, India, Peru and the American southwest. In the last decade, North Americans have rediscovered the labyrinth as a tool for well-being and they have since been installed in: Hospitals, schools, churches and even individual residences.


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Where to Find them...

Surrey BC
Diana Ng loves to work with people to find peace and possibilities. She is a nurse educator and organization development consultant, who also designs and builds labyrinths. She successfully led the project with the City of Surrey in building the first public labyrinth in Greater Vancouver's Lower Mainland (British Columbia, Canada).
The borders of this 7th circuit classical labyrinth are constructed from reddish unpolished granite pavers and pathway of packed gravel. Located in the northeast corner of Fleetwood Park at 80th Avenue and 160th Street, its winding arms reach 42 feet in diameter silently wait to embrace everyone who enters.
This winding path to peace nestles in thick grass surrounded by picturesque ruby Maples, jade Cedar hedges and Celtic knot gardens.
Diana Ng; has introduced the benefits of walking labyrinths to various groups including post-secondary instructors, leaders in organization development, senior wellness groups, business owners, church worshipers, and hospital employees.
People walk labyrinths to reduce stress, quiet minds, find balance and gain insights.
Please feel welcome to visit her website for any inquires and interests.

http://www.labyrinthlady.ca
http://www.minerva-innovations.ca
diana@minerva-innovations.ca