On August 9, 2019 Labyrinth Quest Facilitator, Darlene T. Hagon will lead an indoor labyrinth meditative walk at 10 a.m. at the Harwich Cultural Center, 204 Sisson Rd., Harwich. The walk will take place in the library and the theme will be: Rhythm and the Labyrinth.
Rhythm is everywhere. In nature, our bodies, the universe, our speech, our footsteps. It is felt internally and externally. The meditative practice of walking the labyrinth indoors or outdoors provides us with the opportunity to experience both on the spiral path.
In addition to becoming more mindful of our body rhythms such as: breathing, balance, stride,-- the labyrinth helps us become aware of the ebb and flow of our thoughts and feelings. Walking the spiral pattern of the labyrinth quiets our busy minds. The twists and turns of the pattern help us “settle” into our natural pace and rhythm.
As we follow the twists and turns of the spiral pattern on the labyrinth, we gradually enter into a meditative state. The right and left side of the brain come into balance, which benefits us mentally, physically, and spiritually. Walking the spiral path encourages insight and self-reflection. The rhythms we experience during the short and long circuits can also be comforting--mentally and physically--as one becomes fully engaged in the moment.
The Labyrinth affords us the freedom to move to our own rhythm. It allows us to move and express ourselves in new and creative ways-- dance, twirl, improvise and not be concerned as to whether it’s the correct thing to do or be inhibited in any way! The more spontaneous and free we are in the labyrinth, the more energized we are in our lives and our outlooks.
The medieval eleven-circuit labyrinth provides us with insight into the connection with seasonal and lunar rhythms. The four quadrants of the labyrinth mark each quarter of a year and the four seasons. It is believed that the labyrinth served as a calendar-- providing a method of keeping track of the lunar cycles of 28 days, each of which are indicated by the partial circles called lunations. The Seasons of the year as experienced through the labyrinth quadrants, serve as a reminder of changes and transitions in the seasonal cycle and in our lives - birth, death, and rebirth.
The labyrinth is a sacred space where we can become aware of the “rhythms” of the earth, the universe, life. A place where we learn to be more mindful of them, take the time to feel them, see them, and hear them. An opportunity to walk them! An opportunity to learn from them. The labyrinth is where we walk, feel, and discover the rhythm of our soul.
Darlene T. Hagon has selected 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.