• Labyrinths…

    ...can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Later, the religious significance of labyrinths faded, and they served primarily for entertainment, though recently their spiritual aspect has seen a resurgence. Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind. The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.
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Easter Labyrinths in Amsterdam

netherlands-amsterdam-parksI’ve just been invited to do a couple of labyrinths in Amsterdam during the Easter weekend. One will be in the chapel of a Christian community that is in the heart of the Red Light District. Another one will be outside somewhere at night (somewhat guerrilla-ish) maybe in the large grassy area near the museums.

Stay tuned.

Labyrinth Car Design

I love labyrinths but I don’t think I’m ready to take it this far…
labyrinth car design

Time off

Presently, I’m in the US on a little writing sabbatical. I hope to get back to the labyrinths in June.