WINTER LABYRINTH OF LIGHT 2023
A Meditative Walk
The Labyrinth of Light at Wellsview is a community project in the making. Come join us. And it is a meditation walk for helping us stay grounded and centered through the darkness of the Winter season. Bring a friend. Walk gently and at your own risk of course! Let's practice careful mindful steps too.
Labyrinths have been used for centuries by humans across the globe. In all their varied shapes, sizes and designs, they serve as metaphors for our spiritual paths. The commonly-used spirals and gentle folds that follow back on themselves remind us of how life can be like that! It is rarely a linear journey. Labyrinths are a creative meditative tool of discovery, inspiration, comfort and solace. It can be a tool for problem-solving and support personal decision-making. It can be calming and quieting, centering and mysterious too. At Wellsview we think it can grow community and friendships.
This year, we dedicate this labyrinth to the souls of Israel & Gaza. We walk for full peace in the Middle East and an end to brutality and violence everywhere in this world. We walk for all in pain, grief and sorrow. We walk to honor the paths of beloveds who have gone before, by walking this one.
May this walk be an opportunity to bless lives with thanksgiving and light. We are reminded of former Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's (1895-1979) quote from his days on TV so many years ago -- In the connectedness of life....
"So long as there are poor,
I am poor.
So long as there are prisons,
I am a prisoner.
So long as there are sick,
I am weak.
So long as there is ignorance,
I must learn the truth.
So long as there is hunger,
I am famished.
So long as there is hate,
I must love."
At Wellsview we also celebrate what is yet to be! The Labyrinth is a path forward too. May we come together and set intentions for a better tomorrow and new year coming. If we visualize better days and ‘walk the walk,’ we are confident the path will unfold before us for our actions — just like along the labyrinth tonight!
There is no charge to walk the Labyrinth. Wellsview collects donations to offset the expenses of the installation and will donate any proceeds beyond this received from donations (in the special box on the tree) to:
World Central Kitchen
For their committed work with partners in Gaza, Israel and Ukraine - working to serve meals to families impacted by the extreme escalation of violence and ensuing humanitarian crises in these areas.
Thank you for your contributions toward this great cause.
Cautions and Invitations:
Of course as in life, it is all a game of risks. We all walk at our own risk tonight. Please know there are bumps and rough spots along the path. It is important to be very careful with your steps. It is best to stay in the middle of the path and have a flashlight with you. Walk slowly. (No running obviously).
During our events, in the off-chance of a brief power failure while in the labyrinth, please stay right where you are, and the lights will be back on momentarily. For everyone's safety, please do not try to move around in the dark. During events, we intend to have volunteer helpers to assist you back if it comes to that. In such cases we invite us all to take a few lovely breaths and smile as we fix the situation. Thank you.