Since college art history, visiting the labyrinth at Chartres has been on my bucket list.[footnote]And I plan to go soon.[/footnote]I was intrigued by the idea of walking the labyrinth as a meditative practice, so was there immediately when I found this Bainbridge Island labyrinth was a short drive from my home — in a beautiful wooded park overlooking the water.
In the medieval period, labyrinths allowed a metaphorical pilgrimage when an actual pilgrimage to the holy land wasn’t possible. Walking the labyrinth can be a quieting experience; it requires you to focus on the path and let your thoughts go — at least for a while. Take a deep breath and follow the path to the center and back out. It’s customary to leave an offering at the end (or rather, the center) of your journey; flowers, a remembrance someone you’ve lost.[footnote]Walking can be a healing during times of grief[/footnote] Pay attention to the details in the mosaic as you walk. Each circuit has a special significance: one is dedicated to Neptune, another symbolizes Tibetan prayer beads and connects to the prayer wheel at the park. Spin the prayer wheel when you’ve finished your pilgrimage.
The labyrinth at Halls Hill lookout was completed by Jeffrey Bale, an artist and garden designer from Portland, OR, in 2014. Visit his blog for the handouts from the park which go into detail about the significance of each circuit of the labyrinth and for his collection of essays about each circuit and far more photos of the labyrinth than I’ve included in this post.
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