Last month my partner Jason and I went to Bowen Island, BC for the day. I have a special connection to Bowen Island because about decade or so ago, as part of my Holistic Health Training our class spent many weekends there exploring a variety of wellness practices and one of them was the walking the Labyrinth at Xenia Centre.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre. Labyrinths are often used as a meditation tool or to simply quiet the mind and find your inner stillness.
A labyrinth has only one path and the way in is the way out. You can walk the labyrinth as you wish and for whatever reason you want to but for me the walk is about reconnecting to my truth which can easily be lost in everyday busy living.
When I begin the walk into the labyrinth I set my intention. Sometimes I think I have reached the end of the walk only to find that I there is still more walking but the end is insight. Just like life itself sometimes you think you are done with a problem or healed some wound only to find out that there is more work to do. I remind myself that the end is close and a wonderful new path is waiting for me.
The Labyrinth is an Archetype, a divine imprint found in spiritual traditions in various forms around the world. By walking the labyrinth, we are discovering a long forgotten mystical tradition which becomes a metaphor for our own spiritual journey. The walk is a shared journey – an activity which communities can do together to coalesce and unify vision. The labyrinth is a mandala that meets our longing for a change of heart; for a change of ways in how we live together and for the energy, the vision, and the courage to become agents of transformation.
Angelyn Toth – Founder of Xenia
If you think that you have paved a path to something that you don’t want, know that you can change directions one small step at a time.