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Walk the Line

Celebrate the winter solstice with a walk around the labyrinth at Museum Hill

December 17, 2010, 1:00 am
By Mike Zolnick

In a season marked by a frenetic pace, take a moment to calm the spirit and mind with a walk through one of Santa Fe's many labyrinths. This weekend, the Museum of International Folk Art hosts Walking Together to Celebrate the Winter Solstice, an opportunity to take a stroll around the circle at the museum's very own labyrinth.

For over 4,000 years, humans have embraced the symbol of the labyrinth. Feel the power of this classic design in the candlelit auditorium of the Museum of International Folk Art, complete with the soft musical accompaniment by harpist Linda Larkin.

"I want to be clear: this is not a maze. It's a labyrinth," Labyrinth Resource Group spokeswoman Barbara Allen Kenney tells SFR. "It's a meditative walk that has derived new insights in people for centuries."

Participants in a labyrinth walk follow a set path around the circle, weaving from the edge of the circle to the center, and then make the return to the outside after a brief, reflective break. This labyrinth follows the classic seven-circuit design origination from the Greeks in the fifth century BC. For many in the past and present, this meditative journey has offered a chance to clear the mind and relax the spirit.

"Walking in concentric circles centers the mind and makes you more in tune to your inner voice,"Kenney says. "The pristine air clears the mind and awakens the senses, in just 15 to 20 minutes."


2-4 pm
Sunday, Dec. 19
Milner Plaza
Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo
476-1200

 

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