In Wednesday’s post, I reviewed my healing weekend away at Grail Spring Health Resort up North in Bancroft, Ontario. One of the most intriguing aspects of this facility was the labyrinth. What’s this, you ask? A labyrinth is like an outdoor maze. They started cropping up all over the place in medieval times as a symbolic activity for the spiritual journey that the pilgrims took to the Holy City of Jerusalem.
The walk through the labyrinth is a focused walk, used for reflection and contemplation. As the Grail owner, Madeleine Marentette says in her book, Grail Springs Holistic Detox for Body, Mind & Spirit, “answers, revelation, and inspired thought were expected to come once the journeyers had reached inside their temple located in the Holy City of God.”
The center of the labyrinth symbolizes Jerusalem and the end of the pilgrim’s quest for enlightenment. After resting, Pilgrims would then prepare for the long journey home. Also used for contemplation, their walk home would be used to plan on how they would practically use their discoveries in their lives. Walking back out of the labyrinth is planning the action steps in real life for the inspiration found within the maze-like structure.
For your enjoyment, here is a 3½ minute walk through Grail Springs’ labyrinth (and my debut as a videographer!) – see above.
Interestingly, there is some scientific evidence backing the effectiveness of achieving clarity to our problems by walking a labyrinth. How ‘bout I promise that this’ll be a future article?