Tuesday, September 1, 2009
UR Light Center Labyrinth, Black Mountain
I love to walk labyrinths as a form of meditation and seek them out wherever I travel or live. This one is just a few miles from my house in the mountains and quite lovely.
The United Research Light center itself is a nondenominational center for prayer and meditation. It is housed in a white dome building surrounded by forest and gardens. I have attended many concerts here in the upper dome part of the building which has great acoustics.
The Light Center Labyrinth, located behind the dome building, is a Classical 7 circuit design. This one looks to have a metal frame of sorts with white pebbles lining the walkway. It is nestled in a sunny spot surrounded by trees with a bench for sitting before or after the walk.
Walking a labyrinth helps me be still and to go within. It is a form of meditation or prayer and can be used for many things - to intuit answers to life's questions, to ask for guidance or healing, to pray, or to just enjoy the feeling of peace.
For more information on labyrinths or to locate one near you visit Labyrinth Society online.
The Light Center also has a Light Chamber - a circular room with comfy seating around the perimeter for meditating. Panels of lights sit below the ceiling and shine for 5 minutes at a time. Beautiful music plays during the 35 minute session. I have not done this yet but it does look peaceful and interesting. You can find the Light center off Highway 9 just south of Black Mountain. For more information visit UR Light Center or call 828.669.6845.
(This photo from the UR Light center website)
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