Gardening – A Balm In Gilead

Autumn Labyrinth - Jacek Yerka

Autumn Labyrinth – Jacek Yerka  .

Meditation CircleGardeners have long known that a great way to still their minds and restore their equilibrium is to go out into the garden and get their hands dirty. As our election cycle draws to an end, we’re all looking for ways to restore our sanity. Like Lucy in the Peanuts series, I charge a nickel for the following suggestion. Think about building or having  a labyrinth built into your garden design.


Those of you who are Harry Potter fans, and read Goblet of Fire, remember the Triwizard maze, a design that offers a choice of pathways. A labyrinth has one pathway winding to the center and back out again. the-pointWalking a labyrinth with a prayerful attitude is a quieting experience. Since not all of us can travel to holy sites and lands, Labyrinths are symbolic of pilgrimage and can be a meaningful substitute. Gardeners are in the business of creating spaces of serenity and calm. There are interesting books on the subject, and here are two links to sites you will enjoy. This is hardly an exhaustive study of Labyrinths, but having walked them many times in places in the United States and on a garden tour in England, I can vouch for their beauty and spiritual significance. Google Images of Labyrinths and sense their peace.

The Garden Labyrinth Becomes A Pathway to Healing

The Labyrinth Society

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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2 Responses to Gardening – A Balm In Gilead

  1. johnvic8 says:

    I’m glad you included Susie’s garden in Chapel Hill. I have followed her circle over the seasons for a long time now (thanks to you).

  2. noelleg44 says:

    Labyrinths are so soothing! Hope you still have some blooms going in your garden. We have late blooming azaleas and some gorgeous grasses!

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