Monday, March 21, 2022

The Labyrinth in Fleetwood Gardens

The winter season has finally ended in Canada. Gone are the snows, frosts, and unbearable coldness for a newcomer like me. 

Finally, here comes the much-awaited season of all; spring. The blossoming of flowers and tree leaves are just everywhere. I can't wait to see the cherry blossoms in different places on the metro as it gives a naturally stunning view of a picture-perfect scene. 

As we welcome spring, it's the best time to visit a nearby park on a lovely sunny day. Spend some time to relax, take a stroll and see people around enjoying the moment of fun. 

Fleetwood gardens are the best place to be due to its proximity to our home. It's located in a huge park where cherry blossoms are just waiting to bloom. The pergola gives a feel of a romantic walk for a couple and the benches to sit for soulful conversations.

The most memorable feature is the presence of a labyrinth. It's an ancient pattern found in many places and cultures around the world. A labyrinth has only a single path and no dead-ends. As we walk inside, it winds throughout and mirrors our current state in life. We walk in peace with an open heart and a clear mind. 

The labyrinth in Fleetwood gardens is a classical 7- circuit or path. It's now installed in many places like wellness centers, churches, and community parks as an alternative for healing the body, mind, and soul. 

As we walk the path, we become more mindful of the sensation of walking. And as we go along, we develop a strong sense of concentration and awareness needed to gain insights. 

A labyrinth walk has 3 stages and it gives wonderful healing benefits. The first stage is releasing or purgation. This is the time when we release all unwanted thoughts and mental distractions. This is also the time to quiet the mind and open our hearts. 

The second stage is receiving or illumination. As we reach the center, we stay for a moment to sit, stand as we do meditation, offer prayer, and allow ourselves to receive guidance from a higher source of power. 

The final stage is returning or union. As we're about to exit, we follow the same path back out. We then experience a stronger sense of well-being and clarity of mind. We feel more empowered to follow our life purpose and heart's desire. 

It feels good to welcome spring with an open heart and a clear mind. Like the spring season, we're about to bloom like colorful fragrant flowers. A wonderful being with a beautiful soul; living each day to find meaning and purpose. We live our best life; give back and be generous. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay