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Note: This is the 4th in a series of articles on Opednews about Labyrinths by Meryl Ann Butler. Previous articles are listed at the end of this article.

Pausing at Guadalupe image on a labyrinth walk. Photo: Annemarie Rawlinson

 

World Labyrinth Day is Saturday May 7, 2011.


Stone Labyrinth by Marty and Debi Kermeen.

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World Labyrinth Day (WLD) is an annual global event celebrated each year on the first Saturday in May, sponsored by The Labyrinth Society, an international organization founded in 1998. The first WLD was held in 2009.

 

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Jeff Bridges' labyrinth drawing. jeffbridges.com
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Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity, and have been used for creative problem solving, conflict resolution, walking meditations, and stress management.

 


Ochsner Clinic Labyrinth by Marty Kermeen, Covington, LA.

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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 have consistently shown that walking a labyrinth reduces stress. According to John W. Rhodes, Ph.D. Chair of The Labyrinth Society Research Committee, , this has been the most commonly reported finding related to the so-called "labyrinth effect.'

 

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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 since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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