By Kathleen Mailliard Solmssen





2013 W LUX  22A. PIZZAZZ WORLD LUXURY Issue 2013 JPG #2




And That’s PIZZAZZ




For thousands of years, through it’s stunning simplicity, the exquisite flow of a labyrinth continues to awaken gifts in those who choose to walk its path.  Twenty-five years ago, twisting and turning through Chartres Cathedral’s labyrinth was a different yet similar experience to walking the one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  Unlike a maze, there are no wrong turns or dead ends.  Like life, there is a beginning, a middle and an ending, which, like a circle, is also the beginning.  Aptly put by the poet T.S. Eliot, “… the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time”. 

One can choose to walk a labyrinth joyfully, seriously or with changing feelings at each twist and turn.  As one gets near the center, the mind quiets and self centering begins.  When time and worry are left behind, physical and mental balance is effortless.


Today, more than 4,000 public labyrinths can be found in over 75 countries.  From magnificent marble installments to primitive stone paths, walking a labyrinth is an experience like no other.  Let the left brain rest.  Maps and instructions are unnecessary.  There is nothing “to get” before taking your first step.  Without question, this is a right brain activity.  Where you are in your life is what you will feel as you walk into the center and make your return to the start.  Although you may pass others on the path, your pace is your own.  If you simply follow a map’s pattern with your finger, you will have a sense of how nearly magical your trip within can be.  Both profound and childlike, the letting go and energizing feeling of walking a labyrinth is never boring.  Due to the popularity and personal benefits of this tool of well-being, retreat centers, chic spas and universities all over the world are building these incredible circular paths.


Mondrian, Miró and Picasso have used this three-circuit symbol in their paintings.  Movies, video games and rock bands incorporate the labyrinth into cult creations.  A psychiatrist’s couch, group counseling and prescriptions are all “feel good” paths.  Most wellness venues take a slice out of the watch and the wallet.  The primary reason that I treasure labyrinths is because: for 365 days a year, anywhere, anytime, I can feel good… and that’s better than shopping therapy and that’s pizazz!


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