Summer spirituality at Unity

Ever walk a labyrinth? Know anything about their fascinating history? Are they the same as a maze; a form of a puzzle? Can they be used as a tool for psychological and spiritual growth?

Some definitions describe them as a single path, designed to enliven right-brain activity. Generally speaking, right-brain activity is visual, big picture, intuitive neurological thinking. A labyrinth can help you relax, as a walking meditation, to enjoy nature, to unravel the hectic pace of day-to-day life.

The physical part of walking the labyrinth requires that you enter at the mouth, walk the circuits, head to the center, but don't stop, you have only come halfway, about face, and walk it back to the mouth.

Mazes, on the other hand, have more than one entrance, and high walls to keep one from seeing the way out. Mazes are constructed to be a left brain activity. Popular in England, many are constructed with hedges, hay bales, books, and even maize mazes, constructed of corn.

Medieval labyrinths often used sacred geometry, and can be found on the floor of many ancient British cathedrals. But where can you find one if you can't travel to England?

Come, walk the 90-feet in diameter, outdoor labyrinth at Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake, one of the largest in Ohio. It's free, and you can walk at your own pace for as long as you like. Walk for your very own reasons.

Tired of the hot bar scene that really isn't so hot? Come to USC's Friday night fire circle for a really hot time. Held every Friday from 7 to 8 p.m., bring a journal – you will chant, pray, reflect and meditate.

Been thinking about a retreat? Experience a living, revered Indian Saint, Amma Sri Karunamayi on June 13, 14 and 15. Enjoy the Divine Mother's individual blessing on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., experience a meditation retreat on Saturday, and attend Homa, a sacred fire ceremony on Sunday. Attend one, two or all three days.

Come sizzle and soar with the wisdom and music of Michael Bernard Beckwith and Ricki Byars Beckwith, on Saturday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets on sale now, all seats are reserved. Beckwith has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, and is one of the featured teachers in the film "The Secret."

Or take a yoga class, so many forms to choose from, mornings or evenings. Restorative Kundalini yoga for your back and bones, and even lunchtime yoga are some of the offerings.

All events take place at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road, Westlake, except for sacred Fire Ceremony on Sunday, June 15. For more information, email unityinfo@unityspiritualcenter.com.

Sharon Fedor

I am on the Board of Trustees of Unity Spiritual Center

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.10.2014