l1030100For thousands of years, labyrinths have existed as mysterious symbols of uncertain origin and recently have been rediscovered by those seeking meaningful quiet space. We can still see ancient labyrinth designs--which probably evolved from simple spirals--carved into rocks, sketched on walls as graffiti and patterned on coins and seals. "The spiral symbolizes the process of growth and evolution. It is a process of coming to the same point again and again, but at a different level, so that everything is seen in a new light. The result is a new perspective on issues, people and places."

The labyrinth at Stony Point is a Cretan Labyrinth also known as a Seven Circuit Classical Labyrinth. The Cretan Labyrinth is the oldest labyrinth on record, dating back over 4,000 years. Remains of this labyrinth can be found on Mt. Knossos on the Isle of Crete.fall2010 219

Because of its circular pattern, a labyrinth is a useful place for walking meditations where an even-paced journey leads to a single goal, the labyrinth's center. Those who walk labyrinths say that the exercise focuses the mind, slows the breathing and induces a peaceful, meditative state. A growing number of people are rediscovering the labyrinth as a path to prayer, introspection, and emotional healing.

We have chosen to honor the former name of the Gilmor Sloane Home, "Cairn Croft," by creating a mound of stones in the center of our labyrinth. There are two bowls of stones at the entrance should you choose to add to the cairn.

Our labyrinth was financed by the Friends of Stony Point Center and designed and installed by the Feminine Way.

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