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A Video of Walking the Grail Labyrinth

written by Head Health Nutter September 26, 2008

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?

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3 comments

Emmanuel-Motivatorman September 27, 2008 at 5:32 am

Great little video Stephanie,
very peaceful in this retreat.

Nice commentary too, you’ve got a great voice for more of these!

Emmanuel
Motivatorman

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Teaching Kids Yoga October 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Hello – I just found your blog in the Toronto Bloggers Facebook page. It is a very relaxing place! The retreat must be great.

About the Labyrynth: I agree with what you said, it feels like a maze but if you follow the path you will never get lost. It’s very comforting to know that all paths lead to the centre.

Did you know about the Labyrynth that is beside the Eaton Centre (west side)by the Church of the Holy Trinity? It is a grassy sanctuary for those downtown Toronto.

all the best,
Aruna

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Head Health Nut October 10, 2008 at 6:36 am

@Emmanuel: Thanks for the great feedback! I’ll definitely try to do more of these videos – it was fun!

@Aruna: Welcome to Live Lighter! And yes, the resort was spectacular. I’ll definitely go again.

And thanks for the heads up on the labyrinth in T.O.! I did not know but since posting this video, you’re the 2nd person to tell me. I gotta check it out.

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