LAS CRUCES, GLENWOOD & THE WORLD — Are you looking for a fresh way to end 2008 and begin the New Year with a tradition that celebrates health, spirituality and healing?

It’s been a tough year, and those looking for an alternative to tying one on and starting 2009 with a hangover might want to consider joining in celebration of World Healing Day on Dec. 31.

“It’s also known as World Peace Day. It was established by the Quartus Foundation in 1986 and every year people around the world meditate to heal themselves, each other and the world. Many walk a labyrinth,” said Cordelia Rose, who will open up Whitewater Mesa Labyrinths in Glenwood at 4:30 a.m. Dec. 31 for those who wish to join group celebration.

“The time set is 12 noon Greenwich Mean Time,” said Rose. “In New Mexico, this is 5 a.m., but we’ll be open all day for anyone who would like to participate in this international day of healing. I will lead a group walk through the Pima labyrinth to contemplate healing at 5 a.m. It will be softly illuminated with fairy lights, enough to see your own and others’ feet treading the labyrinth’s path. It’s lovely. It almost feels as if the labyrinths are floating, After dawn, all four of the labyrinths and the maze can be walked individually or with family and friends.”


The process is simple.

“We walk and eventually we stand and we make an intention for whatever we feel needs healing in the world and in ourselves,” said Rose, who stressed that anyone can join in the global meditation, wherever they are.