For thousands of years, labyrinths have existed as mysterious symbols of uncertain origin. They 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 everything is seen in a new light. The result is a new perspective on issues, people and places.
Because of its circular pattern, a labyrinth is a good 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.
Stony Point Center’s Labyrinth can be found between the Meditation Space and Magnolia Lodge and is always open for guests to use. Stony Point Center’s original labyrinth was financed by the Friends of Stony Point Center and designed and installed by the Feminine Way. In fall of 2018, under the deft leadership of Lars Howlett of Discover Labyrinths. The new design creates more space at the center to allow for small group use, and it takes longer for the journeyer to reach the center.
To signify the link between old and new, rocks from the old labyrinth were removed and placed as edging to nearby flower beds. Some were turned into four stone cairns on the labyrinth’s edge to ground the space in the four cardinal directions – North, East, South and West. We truly believe walking the Stony Point Center Labyrinth will bring our guests a sense of serenity and renewal.