Corporate wellness professionals who are looking for a unique initiative in the framework of stress management programs should consider the ancient practice labyrinth walk. More than 3,500 years old, with a maze of & # 39 is a symbol that represents wholeness. If this character is transmitted to the ground and went for the purpose of walking a labyrinth allows you to slow down and pay attention inward and then back to the outside world feeling renewed and rejuvenated.
Since mazes provide many of the same benefits as meditation – stress reduction, relaxation, inner silence, emotional healing – labyrinth walking is sometimes called walking meditation. Slow corners labyrinths are believed to enhance right brain activity, allowing walkers to connect to their natural intuition and creativity. The value of their activities in the workplace to create teams, increase morale, conflict resolution and problem solving, also becomes to recognize. The command is, for example, allow employees to work together presenting a variety of ways to approach the challenge.
Traditional labyrinth has a curved path that leads to the central point (called a target). Maze is not the same as a maze, which has dead ends and Trick turns, but instead there is only one path leading to the center and back again; No dead ends. With 3 main structures – 7 schemes, 11 schemes, 12 schemes – the most common today with the & # 39 7 is a scheme.
Walkers move through the maze at a pace that matches their mood or purpose. The trip can be slow, skipping, energetic, festive, and even playfully. On average, a labyrinth walk takes 20-30 minutes, but it really depends on the person.
Going on the road, walker comes to the center of the goal. After spending time there in contemplation, walkers back – a journey on average about 1/3 mile.
Walk the Path
There’s no right or wrong way to walk through the maze, at that time, each respecting the other pedestrians on the road. Trained mediators can help a beginner learn to use the labyrinth walkers, but experienced walkers set your own pace.
Whether it’s a private trip or a team outing, walking the labyrinth consists of 3 stages:
- Walk. Walkers use the maze for several reasons. Some focus on the challenge or question. Others get in touch with the intensity and focus on your breathing. Many simply ruin their minds of all the worries and enter into the world, allowing himself to be present in the body. Such sensitive periods often create ideas and memories; when there are distractions, walkers recognize them and return to the breath.
- In the center of the goal. This is a time of enlightenment and connected. Walkers contemplate what they have learned about themselves and how problems or problems associated with them personally. They can stay there as long as they like.
- Leaving. Leaving the labyrinth walkers to apply what they have learned to real life. This is a time of regeneration and unwinding. It is not uncommon for pedestrians to feel walking to be shorter than it actually is. Many people want to spend time in a peaceful image.
The experience is different for everyone. For some it may be immediate or emotional. Others may find the hours and days pass before the energy passes through them, to the point of recognition.
Indoor labyrinth University of North Dakota
In 2006, the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks to put new carpet in their wellness center Quiet room, with a labyrinth woven into the pattern. Kim Ruliffson (coordinator of the work well, staff and faculty of the construction site wellness program) says: “On the day of the grand opening of our center, which promotes the targeting of people in the maze and answered questions. She urged people to give it a try. Some. Others were not very comfortable to do a walk in front of others, but came back to use it privately. Spa staff provided a 1-page handout on how to use the labyrinth. ”
During the planning phase, the health center staff consulted Labyrinth Enterprises (http://www.labyrinthproject.com). In addition to the online resources, the company offers a training program promotes and can set the mazes on the site.
Labyrinths do not have to be complicated construction. If the UND Wellness Center is planning on a new carpet, additional costs for adding the labyrinth design was nominal. A similar approach can be taken with tiled floors. Organization even created a covered labyrinth design with duct tape or the image on a large piece of fabric.
Stony Brook Red Dragon
There are several options available for external labyrinths. Edward O & # 39; Konel, physicist health, was the driving force of building (New York) 54-foot open circuit labyrinth Stony Brook University is called the Red Dragon. Ed points out that it is not necessary to spend a lot of time and money. He and his friend, Episcopal Franciscan priest Clark Berg, spent three days building a maze. Their only resources were a sod buster and red mulch for a total of $ 500 twice a year, volunteers perform basic maintenance and replenishment of mulch.
Some models of the labyrinth just mowed the lawn. Other options include an outdoor stone, rope, stick, or a sheet.
Mobile labyrinths to get mixed reviews, but as Kim says, “If this is your only option, it is better than nothing. In addition, you can take them to special events. Nevertheless, the portable labyrinths often can not be used outside, or may be too large for some rooms. ”
There is even a small maze, which provide a “walker” with similar experiences through tracing the path of the labyrinth of their finger or a computer mouse on a computer screen or a sheet of paper.
Kim advises health professional to consider 5 factors in the selection of the labyrinth:
- Select the most efficient design for the audience
- Make sure that the location is quiet and free of distractions
- Make Centering Maze in a place of peace and tranquility
- To provide sufficient space to accommodate the proposed size and intended use (preferably a labyrinth design with fewer chain than do the track is too narrow)
- Remember, the symbolic value of the input facing west, so walkers can go on foot to the east.
Ed whom and emphasize the need for persistent marketing campaign management; Leaders must support the concept of a labyrinth and encourage its use. And progress towards the target audience, should be maintained throughout the year. Word of mouth is valuable, but it takes a long time. Ed Partners EAP University office to offer monthly workshops on walking a labyrinth.
Stony Brook Red Dragon has become a valuable employee wellness resource. Ed summarizes his experience: .. “When I first started labyrinthine course, it just resonates with me, as a health physicist, teacher and father, calm and smooth movements of the maze allow me a few minutes just for myself, I get in the middle, roots, and connect with nature. this has become my passion to present the other members of the community to this transformative experience. Because we are all on the same way, people who can not normally come into contact with each other, can be divided into a few moments of this special type of interaction ” .