A Labyrinth is a powerful walking meditation tool that anyone can use. One is located just outside of the N.C. Cancer Hospital and can be accessed by taking the elevator to the basement level and exiting the glass doors by Radiology.
History of the Labyrinth: The symbol of the labyrinth – a series of concentric lines – has been traced back more than 3,500 years. It is believed that the labyrinth has always been used in a spiritual manner. Its healing powers have long been recognized but there has been recent renewed recognition of these powers and labyrinths are becoming more and more popular at cancer hospitals across the country. Using the Labyrinth: The labyrinth at the UNC Cancer Hospital is of the twelve circuit design referred to as the Chartres Labyrinth (named after the Chartres Cathedral in France). Unlike a maze, which is meant to trick you, the labyrinth has only one path – it is the same path in as it is out – you can never get lost. There is a plaque there to give you guidance in using the labyrinth but basically it is a threefold path:
- Releasing – as you walk in allow for letting go, quiet mind, surrender
- Illumination – when you reach the center stay as long as you like – be open to receive what is there for you
- Union – walking out is a time for communion, reunion. Take back out to the world whatever you received.
The UNC Arboretum
The Arboretum has something unique to offer during every season of the year and provides a space for walking meditation or relaxation on one of its many benches. The Arboretum is located in the northern part of the UNC campus at the corner of Country Club Road and Raleigh Street, adjacent to Davie Hall.
Walking Trails From UNC Hospitals