Wednesday, November 3, 2010

5,000-Year-Old Practice Comes Around Again.

Walking a labyrinth path into serene centeredness

She took each step carefully, circling and turning along the labyrinth's path, her long dungaree skirt sweeping at her heels. It was secluded behind St. Asaph's Church - quiet, with no cars, no highways.
And that's when Jill Horn, 68, said it happened, what she calls a "past life experience."

While walking the path at the Bala Cynwyd church, she felt her posture involuntarily straighten and her shoulders push back. She felt like a teenager, she said. And then - in the hushed solitude behind the churchyard's stone walls - she heard the noises of an outdoor market, what she thought sounded like "merry old England."

"It gives me goose bumps," she says of the experience that spurred her labyrinth fascination seven years ago. "And it's never happened again."

Horn, a sprightly labyrinth enthusiast who walks these winding and twisting paths as a way to meditate, is part of a modern resurgence of people spellbound by the 5,000-year-old practice. Not only are labyrinths now springing up on front lawns, the designs are the subject of a global celebration (the first Saturday in May is World Labyrinth Day). You can even become a trained labyrinth facilitator through Veriditas, a California-based organization that promotes them. (MORE)

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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