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Labyrinths and mazes

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There's a crucial, and wonderful, distinction between mazes and labyrinths.

A maze is a multi-branching, complex structure with twists, turns, choices, dead-ends and treasure or Triwizard cups in the centre. It's confusing, daunting, exciting, fun, challenging, maybe deadly. A maze heightens awareness, concentration, and your heart rate.

A labyrinth has a single path. One long, twisting, but unwavering path towards the central destination and back out. It's simple, calming, straightforward, reassuring and satisfying. Every step is progress. There are no tough choices to make. No paths, maps or mental models to balance in your head. Nothing to intrude on your thinking, just your next step. A labyrinth gives space for your thoughts, and is calming and peaceful.

If you want adventure and action, find a maze. If you'd like calm and contemplation, find a labyrinth.

No wonder then that walking a labyrinth has been found to reduce stress, increase calm and aid recovery in hospitals and centres for therapy and mental health care. Try tracing your finger over the paths of each to feel the difference. Also see: solvitur ambulando.

The two are based on the hedge maze at Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace near where we live, and the wonderful Land's End Labyrinth (video) near where we used to live.

The original labyrinth of Crete, of Theseus and the Minotaur fame, was complex and confusing and no doubt not like the labyrinths that have now evolved from it.

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When You Assume

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You know what happens when you assert--you make an ass out of the emergency response team.
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b12
3649 days ago
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ahhhhhah.
JayM
3649 days ago
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TheTom
3649 days ago
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Dammit Drew, he's stolen our thing!
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DrewMcMahon
3647 days ago
lol
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3649 days ago
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You know what happens when you assert--you make an ass out of the emergency response team.
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Lorenz

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Every choice, no matter how small, begins a new story.
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satadru
3624 days ago
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I assume the title is a reference to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenz_system (and also click through like @mareino says to do.)
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stavrosg
3624 days ago
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...wait, where did the past hour go?
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adamgurri
3624 days ago
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whoa
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mareino
3624 days ago
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Ignore the graphic and click through. Randall must be burning through servers today keeping this one running.
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JamesDiGioia
3623 days ago
Thanks! Saw yesterday's comic in the feed and almost skipped over it.

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Understand Rap

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Understand Rap
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Pastime

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Good thing we're too smart to spend all day being uselessly frustrated with ourselves. I mean, that'd be a hell of a waste, right?
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AndyG1128
3922 days ago
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Me neither
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sleepwalker
3921 days ago
Likewise.
smarkwell
3922 days ago
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Touche
rgsunico
3922 days ago
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Zing!
jonjonnyp
3922 days ago
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basically.
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adamgurri
3922 days ago
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welp
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bronzehedwick
3922 days ago
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Man that's good.
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JayM
3922 days ago
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Ha!
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