MOUNTAIN 10 by Gary Boelhower

MOUNTAIN 10

Climbing the Labyrinth Within
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Three experienced educators and consultants present a method for achieving inner wisdom, reimagining the ancient ritual of the labyrinth walk.

Labyrinths or pathways have been used as a tool for meditative and spiritual practices for centuries. Boelhower, Miguez and Pearce adapt the concept on paper as a way for readers to reflect on experiences and to visualize future goals. Integrating and balancing mind, body and spirit is key for accessing one’s “inner wisdom,” the authors write, which in turn enables the transfer of knowledge into action, or “practical wisdom.” Chapter 1 discusses the concept of inner wisdom in depth, leading to an insightful discussion of the “odyssey myth,” a theme replayed throughout history. The myth follows a predictable pattern of call, journey and return, and the authors note that the path of adolescence is similar: Teens feel a call to greater independence, journey away from parental influences and finally return home as full-fledged adults. The pattern continues throughout adulthood, assert the authors, and their “Mountain 10” process aims to help readers define and map out their journeys while gaining insight and wisdom. The task of constructing a paper labyrinth helps readers maintain focus as they reflect on the authors’ open-ended questions, such as “What is your vision of the possible?” The book’s large format, meanwhile, helpfully leaves ample space for journaling. However, the authors caution that the inner reflection required to complete the Mountain 10 process may result in feelings of “sadness as you reflect on betrayals, recall losses, or confront the internal demand to let go of hurts”; alternatively, “[e]xhilarating feelings of new possibility and gratitude may wash over you.” The authors scatter motivational quotes in the book’s margins and pepper the text with occasional bits of poetry; some readers may find these helpful as additional reflections, but others may find them distracting. The pages’ bright colors may also make the questions difficult to read. That said, the Mountain 10 process serves as a practical tool that may help readers focus their minds on what their spirits are trying to say.

An engaging book for readers seeking to reconnect to their inner selves.

Pub Date: July 9th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1481126991
Page count: 104pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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