If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll have noticed a number of posts on labyrinths. A few years back I became more familiar with labyrinths, and attended a labyrinth-building workshop in Denver to learn how to create them both inside and outside. Since then, I’ve put together several luminaria labyrinths and helped my son, Luke, put together a rock-lined labyrinth for his Eagle Scout project last fall.
Two weeks ago, I was visiting family in southern California, and Brett and I took a long walk that took us through the backroads of Rancho Santa Fe. This is a fairly affluent area–lots of acreage, stately homes, orchards, etc. As we were walking by one property, we noticed a labyrinth in the side yard:
I think this is the first time I’ve seen a labyrinth at a private home. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? For those of you who are wondering what all this is about, labyrinths are very distinct from mazes, although the terms are often used interchangeably. Mazes are left-brained puzzles, full of false turns and dead-ends. It’s great fun to try to find your way through a maze if you don’t mind getting lost! Labyrinths, on the other hand, are right-brained experiences–there is only one path to the center, and the same path then leads you out. There are no decisions to make, no false turns or ways to get lost. For this reason, labyrinths have been used for hundreds of years as tools for prayer, meditation and to promote calmness and contemplation.
I was so excited to see this on our walk–not only a beautiful property, but a great example of how a feature like a labyrinth can be incorporated into a landscape. It’s not just for hippy-dippy-trippies or “religious” people. I’m wondering if any of you have seen a labyrinth in a home garden before–or if you have one yourself!