Walk the Labyrinths during World Healing Day
Las Cruces, Glenwood & The World -
It's been a tough year, and those looking for an alternative to tying one on and starting 2009 with a hangover might want to consider joining in celebration of World Healing Day on Dec. 31.
"It's also known as World Peace Day. It was established by the Quartus Foundation in 1986 and every year people around the world meditate to heal themselves, each other and the world. Many walk a labyrinth,” said Cordelia Rose, who will open up Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths in Glenwood at 4:30am Dec. 31 for those who wish to join group celebration.
"The time set is 12 noon Greenwich Mean Time,” said Rose.“ In New Mexico, this is 5 am, but we’ll be open all day for anyone who would like to participate in this international day of healing. I will lead a group walk through the Pima labyrinth to contemplate healing at 5 a.m. It will be softly illuminated with fairy lights, enough to see your own and others’ feet treading the labyrinth’s path. It’s lovely. It almost feels as if the labyrinths are floating. After dawn, all four of the labyrinths and the maze can be walked individually or with family and friends."
Rose has been hosting the annual gathering for five years.
Even in the little mountain community of Glenwood, northwest of Silver City, Rose reports a nice turnout of regulars.
“Early in the morning, the most we’ve had is about 12 people, but at least 40 people dribble and drabble in the rest of the day,” Rose said.
As the name of the event implies, it’s a day devoted to individual and world healing and peace.
Rose thinks 2008 has been a year that calls out for good intentions, peace and healing.
“I’ve traveled and lived all over the world, in Africa, England and here and I know there is a lot to be healed out there,” she said.
The process is simple.
“We walk and eventually we stand and we make an intention for whatever we feel needs healing in the world and ourselves,” said Rose, who stressed that anyone can join in the global mediation, wherever they are.
“If I’m in town, I’ll probably just do a little drumming at my house myself or with friends,” said Yolanda Martinez, an award-winning Native American musician and composer who runs Cuervita, an educational and spiritual center in Las Cruces.
If you plan to make the trip to Glenwood, Rose advises early birds to dress warmly and bring a flashlight. To get to the labyrinths, take Route 159 off Highway 180 between Glenwood and Alma. Go towards Mogollon past mile marker 3 on Route 159. It’s the second house on the left on Whitewater Mesa. It’s free, but donations will be accepted for upkeep of the labyrinths.
Rose said those who want to spend the night nearby may contact her for a list of accommodations and restaurants at (575)539-2868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the event or labyrinths, do an online search with the keywords World Healing Day or visit www.quartus.org or World Wide Labyrinth Locator at: http://www.Labyrinthlocator.org.