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Amidst the chaos of everyday life, few take time to slow down and access the
calmness and peace that is within each of one of us. We all have stress,
which can affect us on the psychological and physiological levels. The chronic
"fight-or-flight" state that we live in can contribute to many
conditions, from back pain to high blood pressure to heart disease and
more. Many people have deeper issues and struggles: health
challenges, grief, wounds from past traumas, doubts, and spiritual hunger.
You may have heard that spending more time in prayer and contemplation is
beneficial for all of these situations. This is true, but it can be
challenging for a society that is constantly "plugged in" to cell
phones, TV, the Internet, and iPods. This is where the Labyrinth comes in -- an
ancient tool for healing and transformation.
Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic now has its own labyrinth, a pattern painted on the ground, forming a twisting path.
People walk along this path as a form of “moving meditation,” to calm the mind and
A labyrinth differs from a maze in that it has a single path to follow from the edge to
the center, and back out again; there are no branches or dead ends. In the center,
people often choose to spend time in reflection, prayer, or contemplation before moving
out. Walking the path of the labyrinth can symbolize many things: the twisting journey
of life, the back-and-forth inner debate about a problem, or the constant chatter of the
mind. Whatever the interpretation, the very act of navigating the labyrinth has a
calming effect on the mind and spirit.
In the past, labyrinths were located in churches, cathedrals, and other sacred
locations. Walking the labyrinth was an external symbol of a spiritual journey. Modern Americans have been rediscovering this ancient tool for personal and spiritual
transformation in recent years. According to Dr. Lauren
Artress, canon of Grace
Cathedral in San Francisco, the labyrinth can be used for different purposes. Some
walkers have the same goal as seekers in the past—focusing on the soul. Others find
that the reduction in stress is a valuable part of dealing with grief, pain, or physical
health issues. Still others use it as a key to unlock their creativity and potential.
The labyrinth at Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic is called a medieval
11-circuit design. It is based on the pattern of the 13th-century
labyrinth found in the Cathedral of Chartres, France.
Let Dr. Andrew Peters be your guide to discovering the labyrinth, and what it
can do for you.
Group workshops at Central Illinois Natural Health Clinic
Group workshops at your location, using a portable
Individual sessions using the labyrinth in combination
with other mind/body techniques for healing and personal growth
Explore the labyrinth on your own -- outdoors and open to
the public at all times; an information box is located near the
entrance. Find us here.
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