How a Personal Finger Walking Labyrinth Board will Benefit You

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What is a finger walking Labyrinth board? Well, in short it is a 3 dimensional, or carved copy of a Labyrinth that you would normally walk with your feet. These designs can be of any type of Labyrinth, from the various square meander and maze like patterns, or the round Chartres design, to the simpler Classic or Cretan design. For the sake of this article I will be talking about the Cretan or Classic design as they are very similar.

The Cretan design in a mirror image of itself provides one with the ability to trace, or finger walk the pattern with both hands at the same time. This mirror image creates a left entrance on one side, and a right entrance on the other. It does not matter what finger you use, or whether your fingers are in sync with each other when you walk. The idea is that when you trace the pattern with your dominant and non dominant hand at the same time, your left and right brain is brought into balance. This provides you with the benefit of being calmer and more centered, with an increased attention span. This results in better relationships, an increased ability to problem solve, calmer students, more focused workers, etc. etc.

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Labyrinth Maze

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When I say the word Labyrinth where does your mind go? Are you thinking of the movie with David Bowie in it, which was about an ever changing Maze, or the more recent dark movie called Pan’s Labyrinth? Or does your mind go to the Greek Myth about Theseus and the Minotaur. His love Ariadne giving Theseus a ball of red fleece she was spinning, so that he could find his way back out to her after slaying the Minotaur.

What is the difference between a maze and a Labyrinth? Do you know that the two are often confused, and thought of as being the same?

A maze is more like a puzzle, that you have to use your left brain to think or PROBLEM solve your way out of. A maze is full of blind alleys, dead ends, and wrong turns. These cause you to have to back track, and recalculate starting over and over again, until you find your way back out.

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A Journey to Self Through the Labyrinth

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There are those of you that know the power of the Labyrinth. There are also people that do not know anything about a Labyrinth. So let me start at the beginning.

Labyrinths are most often compared to mazes. The difference between a Labyrinth and a Maze is; a Maze is full of blind alleys, and dead ends. You have to use your brain, and your memory, to solve your way out. When walking a Labyrinth, whether using a finger walking board, or physically walking; it is about enjoying the journey, and being open to receive.

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