The Labyrinth at Centennial Parklands, Sydney

11 Oct

http://www.centennialparklands.com.au/things_to_do/centennial_park_labyrinth/how_to_walk_the_labyrinth

 

“Centennial Park is home to Sydney’s first public stone labyrinth, and possibly the most intricately built labyrinth in the world.

The Labyrinth is a magnificently crafted pathway designed for quiet reflection and exploration. You can find it adjacent to the northern end of Willow Pond (off Dickens Drive) in Centennial Park (see map).

The Centennial Park Labyrinth is an 11 circuit sandstone labyrinth, based on the design of the medieval labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in France, which dates from the early 13th century.

Used as a tool for reflection or meditation in many cultures a labyrinth has been acknowledged for its therapeutic and medical benefits. Find out more and learn how to walk it.”

I found the above in Google. We spent the weekend in Sydney. On Sunday morning Caroline, Matthew, Peter and I had a beautiful walk in Centennial Park. We also had a walk in the labyrinth.

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4 Responses to “The Labyrinth at Centennial Parklands, Sydney”

  1. catterel October 11, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    I’ve walked the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral several times and found it very calming. This one looks very impressive. There’s another one, filled with fragrant thyme, in a former monastery garden near to where my daughter lives in Ittingen, Switzerland – photo here: https://www.postauto.ch/sites/default/files/styles/content_full_breakpoints_theme_postauto_theme_desktopxl_1x/public/bilder/freizeitklick/angebote/105l_kartause_ittingen/95_02_950250.jpg?itok=agedH0NQ&timestamp=1439129381

    • auntyuta October 12, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      Thanks for the photo, Cat. What a great idea to use fragrant thyme for a labyrinth!! 🙂

      • catterel October 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

        It certainly makes you want to linger, which is good for meditation.

  2. auntyuta October 12, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    Here is a bit more from the Centennial Parklands Website:

    “What is a labyrinth?
    A labyrinth comes from ancient traditions, physically used as a contemplative tool for reflection or meditation in many cultures throughout history. Unlike a maze, which has several different pathways, a labyrinth has only a single path and there are no dead ends.

    The use of a labyrinth has received much attention within the last decade, particularly for its acknowledged therapeutic and medical benefits.

    Evidence suggests that a labyrinth walk is a ‘right brain exercise’ which can activate the intuitive, imaginative and creative side of your brain. Indeed, the evidence of a mentally calming and meditative effect has led to more than 200 labyrinths being built in hospitals in the US, and – locally – the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

    Furthermore, labyrinths are being built around the world in universities, gaols, rehabilitation clinics, parks and schools (here’s an article on the movement).

    How do you walk a labyrinth?
    There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Some people come with questions, others just to slow down and take time out from a busy life. Some come to find strength to take the next step. Many use it during times of grief and loss, and others use it just for fun.

    It is said that a labyrinth involves three stages:

    the ‘inward’ journey: conventionally been associated with letting go or releasing things which hinder the self
    the centre: represents a space of centring and illumination
    the ‘outward’ journey: symbolises a return back into the world
    Learn more about labyrinths here.”

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