• 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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Beach Labyrinths 301

If you’re going to the beach this summer and you really want a fun project instead of simply laying out in the sun….consider creating a beach labyrinth!.

The one pictured below represents the technique taken to an advanced level. I’ve posted simpler ideas here: the simple stick method and the dug path version.

To make this kind of labyrinth, you definitely need to plan ahead enough to bring your trust lawn rake with you. This creates a much bigger labyrinth and allows more artistic possibilities (as seen in the second picture below). Consider making these labyrinths near a cliff where they can be looked down upon by other.

Keep in mind when using the rake, you’re not creating the path but the barriers around the path. Comprendo?

Have you ever made a beach labyrinth? Have you ever made one like this with a rake? Do you have photos?

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Beach Labyrinths 101

When and IF you go to the beach this summer, think about creating a beach labyrinth….it’s not that hard. All you need is a stick and a wifi connection for your smartphone. Search for images on “labyrinth design” and you will see all sorts of labyrinth possibilities. Choose one to your liking and start creating it from the center out with your handy stick that you probably just found in the seagrass. The one pictured below is nice but just a bit too small to walk comfortably. Below it is a photo of a much larger one I created in Portugal a few years ago.

Have you already made a beach labyrinth? How did it go? Did anyone other than yourself and friends walk it?

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