Education for Peace
This page contains articles, curriculum, practices pertaining to multiple intelligences within humanity.
Character Trait Development
Labyrinths used for Education
Labyrinths are found around the world and were first created in prehistoric times. A story with a labyrinth is most often remembered from the ancient Greek legend of Theseus and the Minotaur. However, true labyrinths have no false pathways, as do mazes. Labyrinths are also said to be physical images of the twists and turns in our path in life itself. Labyrinths have been seen on stone and wood-carvings, painted on walls or in artwork, woven into blankets or baskets or fabrics, laid out in stone on the ground or in a church, cut into the turf, or grown with hedges. The Chartres Labyrinth was designed by the mystics of early 1200's CE for the entrance of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres. It allowed people to feel like they were in the Holy Land and to be prepared to be closer to God in the Cathedral. Labyrinths provide a test of skill for the eye or the feet to follow, and an exercise for the mind and the body. While traversing the labyrinth one may choose to find out what is happening within oneself. Notice the feelings and thoughts, the visions and impressions that come up while moving through the labyrinth. Labyrinths have been used for many reasons throughout history. They have been used as a dancing ground and as ceremonial pathways. For concentration purposes use different colored pens or pencils on the image to trace the path in from the entrance, pause, then retrace back out. If you have a full-sized image on the ground, walk it calmly as you focus on the breath with each step. Upon reaching the center, pause at any or all petals or in the center, then retrace your steps out. Labyrinths may be used for agility drills ~ running in and out as rapidly as possible, trust walks ~ blindfolded walking backward with a partner guiding you, and so many other useful interdisciplinary experiences ~ as in Maths, Science, Literature.
- You may wish to visit Labyrinth Society
Learning Effective Dialogue
Nonviolent Peace Education