Sofie here with a real humdinger of a conundrum. My human, Mary has a place in the yard where everyday she goes for a W-A-L-K (like we are fooled when she spells it —give me a break!) The thing is she doesn’t go anywhere. She walks in a circle! I have done my best to impress upon her that there are far more interesting walks than this thing she calls a labyrinth.
As I am sure you all know, dogs aim to please. Since I am a larger dog than most in all ways, I aim to please more. I took it upon myself to rid Mary’s labyrinth of voles. I don’t know if humans know this—dogs can tell if you are telling the truth. You can make all kinds of high-pitched squeaky sweetish sort of sounds that you think are saying how much you love your dog, but if you ain’t happy we know it.
I have to say I did a great job on the labyrinth there isn’t a vole, mole or mouse anywhere near the place. I took care of that. What I don’t get is why Mary was so less than pleased.
Just in case you are interested here is some stuff about labyrinths. According to enthusiasts, the ancient form known as a labyrinth is imbued with special power. The words maze and labyrinth are often used interchangeably although their forms are quite different. The unicursal format of a labyrinth has but one path leading to the center and back out again while the multicursal maze allows for choices as to route from the center to the exit. Mazes are like puzzles. They enlist the aid of your logical brain taking you outside of yourself while a labyrinth leads you inward toward the intuition of your heart and self-discovery. Ancient and diverse cultures have used the potent symbol of a labyrinth to represent life, and birth, as well as it having a long association with spirituality and ritual.
The three basic designs of the labyrinth are a seven-circuit, an eleven-circuit, and a twelve-circuit; the seven-circuit is the most common design these days. Labyrinth’s popularity have ebbed and flowed over time and are presently enjoying a resurgence, cropping up on church grounds, municipal parks and lawns and as portable mats.
Walking a labyrinth is both kinesthetic and introspective and as such is an obvious metaphor for life. Does the symbol have power? Mary suspects that like most things in life bestowed with power, the power it comes from conferer, I don’t have any idea. She dosesn’t know if labyrinths are mystical, but when she walk it looking for inspiration or answers, she says she often get them, and she always comes away with a quieter mind. Another odd thought, who doesn’t have a quiet mind? Mary read something suggests that, as you follow the path of a labyrinth you turn 180 degrees each time you enter a different circuit. As you change your direction, your awareness changes from right-brain to left-brain, presumably giving you the option to see the problem differently. Researchers have documented that many people have found more clarity walking a labyrinth than just walking around the block or in the woods.A walk in the woods is paws down a million times better. But what do I know I’m just a dog!!!!!