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  • Self-guided Walks


    Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park! Download our free Centennial Park walking apps - available for Apple and Android smartphones. More info and download links here.

  • Swamp Closures


    Lachlan Swamp will close on days above 36C to minimise disturbance to the Flying Foxes. There will be no access to visitors.

  • Centennial Park History Book


    Our great new book on the history of Centennial Park is now on sale, and can be ordered online. Great gift idea. More info.

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How to walk the Labyrinth

Walking the Labyrinth

What is a labyrinth?

A labyrinth comes from ancient traditions, physically used as a contemplative tool for reflection or meditation in many cultures throughout history. Unlike a maze, which has several different pathways, a labyrinth has only a single path and there are no dead ends.

The use of a labyrinth has received much attention within the last decade, particularly for its acknowledged therapeutic and medical benefits.

Evidence suggests that a labyrinth walk is a 'right brain exercise' which can activate the intuitive, imaginative and creative side of your brain. Indeed, the evidence of a mentally calming and meditative effect has led to more than 200 labyrinths being built in hospitals in the US, and - locally - the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Furthermore, labyrinths are being built around the world in universities, gaols, rehabilitation clinics, parks and schools (here's an article on the movement).

How do you walk a labyrinth?

There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Some people come with questions, others just to slow down and take time out from a busy life. Some come to find strength to take the next step. Many use it during times of grief and loss, and others use it just for fun.

It is said that a labyrinth involves three stages:

  • the 'inward' journey: conventionally been associated with letting go or releasing things which hinder the self
  • the centre: represents a space of centring and illumination
  • the 'outward' journey: symbolises a return back into the world

Learn more about labyrinths here.

 


  

Free music download

Composer Corrina Bonshek, inspired by the Centennial Park Labyrinth and the birds of Centennial Park, has created a beautiful piece of music that you can download for free and use as an enhancement to your labyrinth experience.

BonMusic - Centennial Park Labyrinth

Click this link to go to the download page for your free .mp3 download.

Visit the Bonmusic website for more information on Corrina Bonshek and her work.