WHO: LABYRINTH QUESTS FACILITATORS:
DR. MARGARET RAPPAPORT, DARLENE T. HAGON
WHAT: INDOOR LABYRINTH MEDITATIVE WALK
WHERE: HARWICH CULTURAL CENTER LIBRARY, 204 SISSON ROAD, HARWICH 774-212-3482
WHEN: FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2019 – 10:00 A. M.
CONTACT: [email protected]
THEME: A MEANINGFUL PATH
On Friday, June 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Margaret Rappaport will lead an Indoor Labyrinth Walk at the Harwich Cultural Center Library, 204 Sisson Road, Harwich. The focus of her theme will be: A Meaningful Path.
Origins of the labyrinth remain a mystery. Although these designs date back 5,000 years and examples are found throughout the world in many diverse cultures, there is no definitive explanation for the labyrinth. From the earliest examples in Europe on rocks, tiles, pottery, and stone or wooden tablets to the reemergence of the labyrinth today, the only thing known for certain is the importance of the labyrinth for people.
Labyrinths are designs featuring a single spiral path that leads from the outside of a circle to a center space. Walking in the labyrinth people follow the path to the center and back again to the edge of the circle. There are no choices to be made. The purpose is to experience the freedom inherent in the compelling example of the artistic design.
Thoughtfully walking or tracing the labyrinth design results in a sense of peace and fulfillment. This has been described by some people as a clarity which promotes the awareness of the unity of the body, mind, and spirit. People also describe a quieting of thoughts and moving into a meditative state of mind. Others say walking rhythms foster insight and self reflection. Contemporary wellness advocates suggest that walking the labyrinth reduces the stresses of living and enhances happiness despite external circumstances.
The central distinction of the labyrinth, however, is that it reflects an apparent human need to meet together to follow a meaningful path for individual benefit and community satisfaction.
As in every walk, Darlene T. Hagon selects music to accompany Labyrinth Quests’ walks. The labyrinth features artistic and decorative objects to enhance meditation and quiet reflection.
All are welcome to join us to walk. People may sit to observe, as well.