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Meditative walking in the Labyrinth
Summer solstice, the longest day of the year, falls on December 21st, 2012. Summer Solstice celebrates the warmth and the joy of summer as the sun reaches its zenith in the sky. It also happens to be the date that is getting a lot of attention in the media because it is the last day in the Mayan calendar.
Some people believe cataclysmic events will occur ending our world as we know it. Others believe that we are entering a new age of consciousness and awareness, where people become more connected and caring to each other and the earth.
I'd like to go with the latter and in that spirit Sydney Labyrinth in Centennial Park is holding a special walk at 6pm in honour of the Summer Solstice. The Threshold Choir of Sydney will be on hand to sing enchanting and beautiful songs as people take the meditative steps within the labyrinth. The Threshold Choir is an all women Sydney singing group that specialises in singing at bedsides for people who are sick. They sing sacred hymns, meditative chants and beautiful songs from all over the world. Where else would you want to be on what could possibly be the last day of the world than walking the meditative path of the labyrinth and hearing soothing songs?
The history of how Sydney Labyrinth came to be is fascinating. Sydney Labyrinth is an initiative started by Emily Simpson, founder of the Centennial Park Labyrinth Project. Emily decided to propose providing a space for a public labyrinth after walking in a labyrinth in Grace Cathedral in San Francisco in 2009. She wrote that she felt such peace and and a spiritual awakening that she went back again and again to walk the labyrinth. When she came back to Sydney she researched it and found that there were no public labyrinths here.
She made a proposal for a labyrinth to the Board of Trustees at Centennial Park and the proposal was approved. As of now there is a grass labyrinth and the fundraising is close to complete to build a sandstone labyrinth that will be based on the design of the 800 year old labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral in France. The Sydney Labyrinth will be a beautiful work of art in the lovely Centennial Park for all people to enjoy and experience the healing powers of the labyrinth.
Where:Centennial Park / Head straight down Parkes Drive, past the Cafe Pavilion, through the centre of the park and turn left into Dickens Drive. Go past Loch Ave which veers off to the left and the labyrinth is about 100 metres further along Dickens Drive