In ancient times, labyrinths were often used in religious or spiritual contexts, such as in the construction of elaborate stone structures or in the creation of mazes used for meditation and spiritual contemplation.
Today, labyrinths can be found in varied settings, such as parks, gardens, and public spaces, and are often used for therapeutic or recreational purposes.
Labyrinths are different from mazes in that they typically have only one path that leads to the centre and back out again, whereas mazes have multiple paths and dead ends. The goal of a labyrinth is not to confuse or frustrate, but to provide a meditative or reflective experience for those who walk its paths
The labyrinth in the pictures was created some years ago over an Easter weekend and it is time to renew and refurbish it this Easter. Travel to the labyrinth was impossible during two years of lockdowns and the recovery from a broken leg have resulted in it becoming somewhat rundown and overgrown. The addition of rocks, whilst a good idea to define the edges of the path, has resulted in the grass growing up through them, making it harder to maintain.
Not everyone is traveling the same path… that would be quite boring, not to mention crowded. Quite some time ago I decided to take a different path to what was expected of me and I’m still traveling.
Let’s celebrate those who embrace thinking differently. Recently I came across an interesting topic on the Law of Diffusion of Innovation.
It was exciting to discover that just 2% of the population are likely to be innovators. These people are more likely to be risk takers and have a mindset that sees failure as a setback. 13% of the population are inclined to be early adopters of the innovations, and then we start to see the bell curve form with 34% on each side of the peak as an early majority/cynical majority with the remaining 16% suspicious about the innovations and the inventors.
Martin Luther King told us about what he believed and gave us the famous quote “I have a dream”….it wasn’t a plan worked out to the nth degree, but more of a vision. Over 250,000 people turned up to listen to him on that day and those words still inspire many thousands more some 54 years later. Another example of a dream is the Wright brothers who were driven by their belief that they could fly way back in 1903.
I hold the belief that the therapies that I offer and teach are part of a much greater picture. Not everyone will share that same belief, and that I accept that. The mind body balance is something that is starting to be explored in more detail by the scientific community and I’m grateful for that. Recently I revisited an old vision book from 2009 and was pleasantly surprised to read that my vision is still pretty much the same.
At the top of one page I had written “Vision – Life of no regret….Not a dress rehearsal…. Make it the best it can be” and underneath was “To create a retreat centre for therapists and teachers to recover from nervous/mental exhaustion.”
Certainly there are a few more steps to take in fulfilling that vision and the big one will be building a suitable place for people to stay, but I feel sure that with continued belief the universe will provide the means for this to happen.