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A labyrinth is an ancient sacred pattern usually in the form of a circle that has one path, beginning at the outer edge and leading in a circuitous way into the center. Walking the labyrinth allows one to still the mind and listen deeply within. The rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other, relaxes the body, quiets the mind and refreshes the spirit.
Based on the eleven circuit labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in France, the outdoor labyrinth at the Sanctuary of the Rose is made with Colorado river rocks. Two large Colorado ponderosa pines outline its center. Beautiful mountain views await the walker, along with a sense of peace and tranquility.
Walking the labyrinth is "highly effective for reducing anxiety and producing what's called the relaxation response," according to Dr. Herbert Bensen, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. It can lower blood pressure and breathing rates,
and decrease chronic pain.
Guests at the Sanctuary of the Rose are invited to walk the labyrinth and experience this ancient healing tradition as part of their time at the Sanctuary.
The labyrinth can be used for:
*stress reduction *prayer *meditation
*healing *quieting the mind
*awakiening creativity *discovering the undiscovered