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Path of Peace and Magic: World Labyrinth Day, May 4

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TLS notes that labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity, and uses include: problem solving, conflict resolution, walking meditation, modern day pilgrimages, and stress management. The American Cancer Society states that labyrinths "may be helpful as a complementary method to decrease stress and create a state of relaxation."

Research studies conducted in a variety of settings consistently have shown that walking a labyrinth reduces stress. In fact, over the past few years, this has been the most commonly reported finding related to the so-called "labyrinth effect,' according to John W. Rhodes, Ph.D. President of the Labyrinth Society and former Chair of The Labyrinth Society Research Committee.

To find WLD events check out the TLS events calendar, and scroll to May 4.

The Labyrinth Society on Facebook - Events also lists WLD events.

To find a labyrinth near you, check the World Wide Labyrinth Locator,
Or you can print out a labyrinth to "walk" with your finger:
Classical   click here
Chartres  click here
Or, you can try out a virtual labyrinth online.

Additional World Labyrinth Day information and resources are available on The Labyrinth Society's website.

Nature-Inspired labyrinth by Debi and Marty Kermeen

About the first photo in the article: The Nature-Inspired labyrinth is a custom, handpainted labyrinth by Debi and Marty Kermeen of Labyrinths in Stone.  Debi notes that "The design is the Chakra-Vyuha Design from India, the women of India have used this design through out their history as a form of protection for their families. I love it!!!!  It's an honor to walk in their foot steps!" The Nature-Inspired labyrinth was painted on a black poly-vinyl canvas for The Pond House Retreat Center in Pell City, Alabama.

Previous articles in this series:

5. Celebrate Peace on World Labyrinth Day, May 5 (05.03.12)
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4. Walk as One at 1: World Labyrinth Day, May 7  (05.06.11)
click here

3. Walk the Pavement to A-Mazement: World Labyrinth Day, May 1   (04.28.10)
click here
2. Exploring Portland Labyrinths: An A-Mazing Journey  (10.28.09)
click here

1. May 2: First Annual World Labyrinth Day  (05.01.09) 
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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)

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Again, Meryl Ann, thank you for reminidng me of th... by Cynthia Piano on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:25:05 AM
is great, but it does not have to be a big constru... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:36:42 AM
for this beautiful article Meryl Ann, and for all ... by Amy Schreiner on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:26:01 AM
Check the previous articles for a step-by-step dia... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1:57:21 PM
Excellent, interesting, newsworthy article, Ms But... by Mary Shapiro on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12:35:34 PM
Hope you get to walk one on WLD! Even if it's just... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1:58:40 PM
Wonderful article. There is a labyrinth at Boston ... by Sheila Parks on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 2:02:56 PM
If you go between 1 and 2 pm  I bet you will ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:17:16 PM
I'm on a wooded property with lots of aspens aroun... by Burl Hall on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 4:01:18 PM
a friend of mine cut one with a riding mower on he... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:20:00 PM
"The Labyrinth and its healing powers for Alzheime... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 4:33:46 AM
I'll check this out more fully!... by Burl Hall on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 3:59:58 PM
Thank-you Meryl!! My younger boys and I have just ... by Tsara Shelton on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:20:42 PM
and I'll be interested to hear how your walks went... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:21:24 PM
I'm learning so muchAnd the idea that simply traci... by Joan Brunwasser on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:06:24 PM
tracing a paper labyrinth also seems to assist in ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:25:11 PM
Joan, I walked the Chartres labyrinth with my fing... by Sheila Parks on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 5:44:17 AM
While a kid...didn't call them labyrinth....but th... by Burl Hall on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 4:01:48 PM
MAB, does walking a labyrinth heal autism too? I m... by Sheila Parks on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 5:58:43 AM
basically doing art therapy, and we did many diffe... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8:23:39 AM
Dear Meryl, These labyrinths may be on to som... by Theresa Paulfranz on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:22:32 AM
The labyirnth always feel so full of mystery when ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8:29:22 AM