Business: Array of Whimsy
Location: Dubbo, NSW
Emma Lyons is the founder of Array of Whimsy, and she loves creating things, just like this, for her children. But luckily for us, she's decided to share those skills and creations with Australia.
Find your calm with this labyrinth
This labyrinth is great for kids to come back to centre, to calm themselves or have a little "time within". They are a great tool for developing mindfulness and learning the invaluable gift of calming themselves and identifying their emotions. For children experiencing sensory overload, a labyrinth can help bring grounding, control and a sense of brain regulation. They help children develop fine motor skills and visual motor skills, and are also a lot of fun!
It's also fun for adults! A labyrinth is an ancient symbol and a sacred tool that’s used in meditation and prayer. Some say labyrinths act as a metaphor for travelling inwards to the soul. Others say they act as a calming device because they simply provide people with a contemplative space to meditate. Today labyrinths are used as legitimate tools to help calm the agitated and to provide people with a helpful tool for meditation. Finger labyrinths are also used as a calming device and an aid in concentration.
There is no set way on doing your labyrinth walk same as there is no wrong way on doing it. However, to get you started, included with this Labyrinth is a brief guide on using it as a tool for a simple meditation. Let's see where your journey takes you!
“Labyrinths, which are ancient patterns large enough to be walked or small enough to be traced with the finger, represent tools for cultivating mindful habits. Mindfulness is the contemplative practice of focusing the attention on the present, non-judgmentally. By training the mind to remain fully present in each moment, the interior mental chatter that often plagues the mind becomes quiet, enhancing capacities or equanimity, clarity, and insight… Amid a culture that rewards speed and “busyness,” contemplative practice proposes a radical innovation for teaching and learning” Artress, L. (1995).
Every wooden board is individually cut and oiled.
This wooden board has a food safe oil to seal the wood and simply wiping timber with a damp cloth will keep it clean. You can re-oil to maintain wear.
As this item is handmade using wood, it may have slightly different woodgrain and colour from what you see in the photo. Each piece is unique. The small labyrinth is approximately 17cm x 16cm, while the large one is approximately 24cm x 27cm.