When I'm out taking photos, I never know just what I'll run across. I was headed back to my car after a day of taking pictures when I spotted this little structure sitting near the sidewalk beside an Episcopal Church. It made me smile and of course I had to take a picture. I laughed when I saw a water faucet sticking out of the back; cute way to cover it up. Then I looked around and realized I was near a courtyard beside the church. I decided to peek in and spotted a garden with a rock labyrinth that was open to the public.
I've heard of labyrinths, but I've never seen one. I did a little Google search and found that "in the Middle Ages, walking a cathedral labyrinth was a substitute for going on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Not everyone could make the long and arduous journey to the Holy Land, so walking a labyrinth in a church was a devotional activity. Today, meandering labyrinths are often used as walking meditations, to focus the mind. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets the mind."
Never having seen a labyrinth, it took me a moment to find the entrance. This stone carved with a scripture was near the beginning of the pathway.
Unlike a maze that has dead ends, labyrinths meander with a single, undivided path and no choices to make other than traveling onward through the winding pattern to the center. This labyrinth looked like it had four sections. I thought I'd probably just walk through one section and then move on to the next, but randomly it would almost make a complete circle and start in a new section.
I was fascinated with the shapes and colors in the rocks. As you can see many of the rocks show crumbling and wear.
In the very center of the labyrinth is a small cross.
I enjoyed following the pathway to the center and finding peace and quietness in the middle of a bustling tourist town.
I'm linking this to new link up party with Helen called Weekend Walk at The Inspiration Pavilion. This link up is about getting out each week, walking, and of course sharing photos. You should join us!
This is also my August Break - Day 18 post. The prompt was looking down which I certainly did a lot of.