By: Dr. Dilley Adapted By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
During my journey with breast cancer treatment I found a very powerful symbol of healing in the Labyrinth. If we can tap into the labyrinth’s significance we can use it on a regular basis as part of our healing.
Breast cancer is a journey. It is not a journey that we have chosen, but a journey that is here and it is important to find ways to cope with it, manage it, and come out the other side of it thriving as humans.
As Dr. Lauren Artress says in her book, WALKING A SACRED PATH , “Walking the Labyrinth has re-‐emerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and a powerful tool for transformation. This walking meditation quiets the mind and opens the soul, evoking a feeling of wholeness.”
As people coping with breast cancer in all of its many phases of pre and post treatment, where mortality has broken the illusion of immortality the simple but influential process of putting one foot in front of the other is an amazing feat. So if you’ve got a patch of grass, you too can have a labyrinth. They’re stylish and a breast cancer healing garden should have one.
Fall Ideas For Your Labyrinth
Each year autumn open spaces provide for laying out temporary labyrinths. We invite gardeners to build temporary labyrinths for therapeutic healing.
Crystals and quartz as an extraordinary substance that holds vibration, light and amplifies, harmonise focused healing energy. The crystal emanating goodwill to all beings, – programmed for forgiveness, unconditional love and to awaken consciousness.
Labyrinth in Grass
For a grass labyrinth you need:
A patch of grass about 50ft square and the grass needs to be long enough that once you mow the shape into it, it will be clearly visible. This is a pretty big slab of grass I know but I used my little 16″ cut mower to make the paths for this one and if it was much smaller and it would be somewhat cramped.How to draw a labyrinth
Heart Shaped Labyrinth
Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind.The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.Printable Design of a Heart Shaped Labyrinth
Transformation is the process of evolving from what is to something different. It often appears to happen all of a sudden. Psychotherapy is a conduit for change. Spirituality is a path of change. They all have elements of relationship and together they are a lifestyle of daily transformation for self and for other.If we can tap into the labyrinth’s significance we can use it on a regular basis as part of our healing.
Pumpkin Labyrinth Photo from Warren Lynn
Dr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.