Metanoia is one of my favorite words. It's an ancient Greek word that refers to a transformative change of heart. For me, it is a word of hope and possibility. It offers an invitation to liberate one's authentic self by an aligning of mind, body and spirit, which can be achieved by listening to the intuitive wisdom that resides inside.

My "Lalas" (aka, Labyrinth Ladies) are some of my dearest friends with whom I have been connected for nearly 30 years. They have been miracle makers in my life since I first defied a "permanently disabled" label given to me after a catastrophic health crisis catapulted me into a "metanoia" moment of my own.

I needed a lot of healing, and a lot of help from people who loved me unconditionally, to make my transformation possible. I couldn't have done it without these amazing women in my life. We came to call ourselves the "Lalas" after we experienced individual and collective transformation by walking a labyrinth together.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol occurring in many cultures that relates to wholeness. A labyrinth combines circle and spiral imagery into a meandering yet purposeful path, leading us to our own center and then back out again into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as tools for meditation, centering and healing.

The labyrinth serves well as a metaphor for life's journey. Sometimes we appear to be headed in the right direction, but are then steered away from the center. We may even experience complete reversals of direction as we walk the path of life. Or we may circle a long way around to eventually get where we are meant to be.

A labyrinth is an emblem of the sacred space of possibility that takes us out of our ego state and into the center and heart of who we are. Walking a labyrinth clears the mind and gives us insight by leading us ever inward to hear the intuitive wisdom that lies within.

In many ways, the labyrinth can also be seen as a call to action, encouraging us to transform the lives we are living into lives that nurture and support us in our passions and pursuits. It can be a path of peace and wholeness, returning us to ourselves again when we have wandered too far from our heart's home. Embrace the power of transformation and make the impossible possible!

Cyndie Hays lives in Edina and is passionate about the healing power of labyrinths and personal transformation.

Join In:
Saturday, May 6, 2017, is the annual World Labyrinth Day. Last year, there were over 200 events in 24 countries, and across 46 states in the U.S. This year, you can join others around the world in creating a global wave of peaceful energy. There are more than 300 labyrinths in Minnesota. Find one near you and participate in the "Walk as One at 1."

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