Labyrinth Dedication Highlights the Importance of Meditation Walking and Reducing Stress

The Freddy and Diana Prince Labyrinth at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital transformed the concrete pad outside of the 2 CCC Surgical Waiting Area to be a meditative space for associates, visitors and patients. Used to reduce stress and tension, the labyrinth allows an individual to walk the path and experience a renewed sense of calm while waiting for a loved one in surgery or just to de-stress from a difficult day.

June 12, 2015

The Freddy and Diana Prince Labyrinth at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital transformed the concrete pad outside of the 2 CCC Surgical Waiting Area to be a meditative space for associates, visitors and patients. Used to reduce stress and tension, the labyrinth allows an individual to walk the path and experience a renewed sense of calm while waiting for a loved one in surgery or just to de-stress from a difficult day.

“The labyrinth is symbolic of a life path or journey,” said Father Joe Schad, SJ of Mission and Pastoral Care. “While walking among the turns and the bends, one can become less aware of physical space and direction, and begin to let go of the noise and distractions of everyday life, thus quieting the mind.”

The Labyrinth dedication included a special dance and drum performance to help illustrate the walking of the Labyrinth.
The Labyrinth dedication included a special dance and drum performance to help illustrate the walking of the Labyrinth.

Based on the 13th century labyrinth located at the Cathedral of Reims in France, The Freddy and Diana Prince Labyrinth was painted by artists in the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program. With the Prince family’s generous contribution through their endowment of the Staff Morale Program at MedStar Georgetown, the Freddy and Diana Prince Labyrinth invites everyone to experience wellness in a very special way.

“The Latin phrase solvitur ambulando, meaning solved by walking, refers to the fact that walking the labyrinth actively involves the mind, as well as the body,” said Julia Langley, director of the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program. “This goes hand in hand with MedStar Georgetown’s culture of focusing on cura personalis, care of the whole person.”

A special dedication ceremony was held recently to officially open the labyrinth to the entire Georgetown community. President of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Dr. Richard Goldberg commented that he believes mindfulness and meditation are important tactics on the pathway to good health.

Freddy and Diana Prince were present to celebrate the official opening of the labyrinth dedicated in their name. Pictured L-R: Diana Prince; MGUH president Dr. Richard Goldberg; Freddy Prince; Father Joseph Schad; Georgetown Lombardi Arts & Humanities director Julia Langley; MGUH chaplain intern Lisa Levine.
Freddy and Diana Prince were present to celebrate the official opening of the
labyrinth dedicated in their name. Pictured L-R: Diana Prince; MGUH president Dr.
Richard Goldberg; Freddy Prince; Father Joseph Schad; Georgetown Lombardi
Arts & Humanities director Julia Langley; MGUH chaplain intern Lisa Levine.

“We hope that this labyrinth creates an opportunity for inspiration for whoever chooses to experience the journey,” said Goldberg. “The Prince’s have been longstanding supporters for research, wellness and for staff morale at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Through their generous contributions we have been able to host a variety of activities for patients, families and caregivers. Thanks to their unparalleled commitment to our community, the Princes have given us this special gift that helps us further deliver on our mission and provide healing to patients, families and each other.”

Guests in attendance were treated to a violin and harp duet, as well as a dance performance by artists in the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program illustrating the walking of the labyrinth. In addition, a vocal performance by Cantor Lisa Levine, Chaplain Intern, served to bless the Freddy and Diana Prince labyrinth.

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