Welcome to the Arlington Garden Labyrinth.
A Classical 7 Circuit Labyrinth built with the help of the Sophomores at Mayfield Senior School on October 8th, 2010.
This Classical 7 Circuit Labyrinth pattern is more than 5,000 years old and is the oldest and most prevalent of labyrinth designs. Enter through the mouth and then walk on the paths, or circuits. The walls keep you on the path. The goal is in the center of the labyrinth. When you reach it, you have gone half the distance – you now need to turn around and walk back out. It takes roughly 5 minutes walking at a slow pace to navigate this labyrinth.
Keep in mind that a labyrinth is NOT a maze. Be assured that there is no wrong way to walk the path; you cannot get lost—there is only one way in, and one way out—there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. A labyrinth is merely a circuitous route to the center of the labyrinth (which is sometimes seen as the center of your inner thoughts, or of the world, or of the universe) and back, and is NOT difficult to navigate.
Walking the labyrinth is more about the journey than the destination (we know we are going to get to the center.) Walking a labyrinth helps achieve a contemplative state, as you enter with your troubles or issues, achieve the center where you can let them go, and leave refreshed. A labyrinth is a single path tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity. Labyrinths can be helpful to children, because while walking along the back-and-forth route, children lose track of the outside world, and thus become quiet of mind.