Posted By Scott Thrasher on June 4, 2009
Three summers ago I was inspired by an untouched meadow along side the Gallatin River and at the base of Sheep Rock.
This inspiration turned into a little pet project and a mission to construct a space set apart from the distractions of the busy world to promote prayer, meditation, contemplation transformation and creativity. After nearly three summers of icing my aching back and lugging over a thousand boulders from the west side of the Gallatin River to the east side by way of a small foot bridge this Classic 7 Circuit Cretan Labyrinth is nearly complete.
A Labyrinth is an ancient symbol found in many cultures which represents wholeness and simplicity. There are a few different designs but all have a circular image and a meandering spiral path. When most people look at a Labyrinth they immediately think maze but a Labyrinth is no maze. Actually, it’s quite the contrary because a Labyrinth (like life) has no dead ends, there is one way in and one way out. You can’t get lost in a Labyrinth as long as you stay on the path. Although, just like life you may often feel lost. A Labyrinth can be looked at as a metaphor for life’s journey. It always reminds me that I already have what I need and should just toss away the compass and simply walk the path.
“What we call the beginning is often the end, and to make an end is to make a beginning.” T.S. Eliot
“Say not, ‘I have found the path of the soul.’ Say rather, ‘I have met the soul upon my path.’ Kahlil Gibran