I am always amazed at how the universe makes connections for us at times when we need it or even when we don’t!
I love gardening and so am always on the hunt for plants to add to my landscape. One in particular led me to a place called “Rural Rootz” which is home to a lovely couple, Tom and Dee. Just driving up the winding path calmed me immensely and when I arrived the calm continued. Chatting with Dee about the beauty and soothing aspect of the nature around us, Dee told me that they had trails that could be explored, one of which was a labyrinth. For those of you that don’t know what a labyrinth is, here is a good definition, from webmd.com:
A labyrinth is a pattern of pathways that weave in a circle around a central point. You walk through the pathways to get to the center.
Labyrinths are about the journey, at least as much as the destination. They can be calming, as they slow you down while you wind your way through the path.
Labyrinths have been incorporated into many mental health practices. I knew this, but what I didn’t know about was “finger labyrinths”. Dee shared that she had been an elementary school teacher and was very happy when about 10 years ago, these were introduced in classrooms for children to use to help them manage negative emotions. I thought this was such an awesome idea and told Dee that I was very excited to share it with my LD community, because I was sure that not everyone was aware of this.
Here is a link that explains what it is and how to create one. I would love to hear from anyone who has used this inexpensive tool with their child, whether in the classroom or at home!
And if you are ever up in the South Bruce Peninsula, be sure to take the opportunity to explore Tom and Dee’s place – they would love to connect and you won’t be disappointed.