Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Labyrinth At Kwomais Point Park

THE WINDING CIRCULAR pathway I recently followed at Kwomais Point Park provides a process for reflection and is a compelling metaphor for life. Meandering through the twists and turns one can become lost amid the uncertainties of its direction.

There are no dead ends on this snaking trail and the head does meet the tail eventually. Ironically, this can make going forward seem more like a step backward.

The symbolism of a labyrinth is open to interpretation. In ancient times the confusing intricacies of interconnected tunnels and passageways were built to baffle mythological monsters and neighboring enemies that were all too real.

A labyrinth today is often a meditative tool that puts challenges into perspective and shows that personal progress is not linear. Even though we finish our journey near where we started, we hopefully gain deep insights and are wiser for all our adventures and experiences along life's way.

There is an ancient saying on the stone overlooking a smaller stone that says, "As above so below ... as within so without." The words suggest that we have a mysterious connection to all of existence that is far more profound than what our mortal minds have imagined.

The labyrinth at Kwomais Point is due to a collaboration between the Labyrinths of Hope Society and other groups. It was named Eagle's Nest because of the bounty of eagles that make the forested area their home. Not the first such structure at the park, it is a promise kept by the City of Surrey.

The original labyrinth made of simple stones was not encircled by a forest but was perched on a bluff overlooking the sea. It was removed during upgrades to the park but its essence remains at the core of the current creation.

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  1. Oh, how wonderful. I'm glad it doesn't have high hedges, because I'm claustrophobic, but I'm sure even I could walk this labyrinth.
    Seems to me I owe you a phone call. I know I've been threatening to call, but keep forgetting. (I haven't forgotten your number. It's been in my head for so many years, it might as well by auto-dial.)
    Luv, K

  2. A very inspirational post. I surely belief we have connection to all of existence. We just forgot about them. And growth certainly is not linear. I feel all over the place sometimes. Have a nice day :)

  3. Interesting post and great shots of the labyrinth.

  4. What a great idea, and you can't get lost in it.

    A beautiful setting also.

    Our neighbour has one in their front lawn....after all nothing much grows up there, so why not.


  5. What a fascinating post for the day, Penelope! Love your captures of the labyrinth!! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

  6. Interesting post and great shots!

  7. Sounds like a great place for introspection. Life is, indeed, unpredictable and far less than linear.

  8. Looks an ideal spot to take some time out to reflect on life.

  9. glad another was built to replace. how much use does it get in a year do you suppose?

  10. An inspirational and insightful post about the labyrinth of life. One of the most interesting things about the labyrinth is progress sometimes looks like regress in it.

  11. In response to Pearl’s question: Since it is brand new to Kwomais Park time will tell how many people will make use of the labyrinth. I suspect a lot of folks will be drawn to it. I also like that the entire area is flat making it convenient for people in wheelchairs to visit the site.


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