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Saturday, November 9 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Walking the Labyrinth as a Contemplative Tool for Self-Awareness

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This poster describes research findings, using grounded theory methodology, of a study with students at the community college level walking the labyrinth as a contemplative ritual in discovery of the Self. While crossing the threshold into the labyrinth, students enter a state of liminality, a space-time of creative potentiality in individual and communal human behavior in which they experience the concept of spirit—a developing consciousness towards self-knowledge. Although the labyrinth has three circular stages, walking it has no fixed meaning; rather, meaning is generated by the interplay of the walker with the labyrinth. Labyrinth walkers experience binaries, such as darkness & light, that generate a dialectic. This dialectical movement, whereby one’s initial state-of-being while walking to the center (thesis) gives way to an opposite state (anti-thesis). As a result of experiencing this spectrum, a creative reality (synthesis) to inwardly and outwardly realize an unknown Self-truth occurs.

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Saturday November 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Table 21, CCA Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01124

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