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I (Bela Herring), the founder of The Mindful School of Nashville, have a special connection and appreciation for labyrinths. I love to design them, build them and walk them. There is absolutely something magical and special that happens inside of me and within me when I walk a labyrinth.
Building labyrinths is a therapeutic activity. It is grounding to move and carry around rocks and logs to create a structure that is beautiful and purposeful.
It is my goal to bring labyrinths to as many parks, schools and backyards as possible.
If you are interested in having a labyrinth in your space please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting 615.210.4256.
A labyrinth is a tool, a 'time-out' per say from our never ending day to day stimulations and stressors. For over 3500 years people have been building and walking labyrinths with different intentions and purposes all around the world. Labyrinths are built from stones, logs, plants, or can be drawn/traced/painted in a space or canvas.
Today, more and more research is put forth on the benefits of walking a labyrinth and the powerful changes that such walkings can bring to one's life.
Jeff Saward explains "Labyrinths are currently being used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, recover a balance in life, and encourage meditation, insight, self-reflection, stress reduction, and to discover innovation and celebration. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural blueprint for well-being. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind and the mind with the spirit. They can be found in medical centers, parks, churches, schools, prisons, memorial parks, spas, cathedrals and retreat centers as well as in people's backyards." **
From 'Walking the Margins' by Jan Blythe**
"One step at a time that's all I need to know.
One foot after the other,
that's all I need to do.
that I am enough as I AM."
Involving children in the process is a great and fun way to build labyrinths. Specially in schools. Below are pictures of a labyrinth built in a farm in a small town in Brazil. My helpers, Lucas and Cameron who were 8 and 10 and that time, were fantastic.
The Benefits of Walking a Labyrinth:
It is not necessary to have any training to walk a labyrinth. A labyrinth is not a maze. It is a path. The purpose and intention as to why each of us chooses to walk a labyrinth is our very own. A labyrinth can be used as a psychological tool, a spiritual journey or discovery, for self-exploration, or simply a walk. Walking a labyrinth is practical, safe, beautiful, interesting, and fun. Below are a few benefits of walking a labyrinth that we have gathered from multiple sources:**
- stress reduction
- focus and concentration
- understanding emotions
- conflict resolution
- a sense of balance, relaxion, and calmness
- traumas and grief
- grounding and consciousness
The websites listed above are great resources to learn more details about labyrinths, its history and benefits.