I decided to do something different today. Rather than walking the path, I took note of some unfamiliar changes to the surrounding area and the way the site itself appeared today. The sky is very cloudy and the wind has a strong, chilly current - probably because the region is in its last few stages of recovery from the hurricane. Inevitably, the winds have stripped the trees surrounding the labyrinth of most of their leaves. When I last walked the labyrinth, there were a few leaves on the path but the path was still easily visible and my walk lacked a deep "crunching noise". Today, however, the path was filled with leaves, especially in the regions closest to the trees. Taking a few steps in the labyrinth, I noticed my feet crushing the leaves under me.
I also wondered about two lines of white paint drawn from alongside the main, walkway towards the library - alongside the labyrinth - and finally to the wall enclosing Rhoad's North (directly behind the Labyrinth). The lines turned into arrows and letters I did not understand by their end. What are the plans for this paint? How will this affect the labyrinth and the trees surrounding it? Maybe I will try and find out.
There is a satellite dish next to the labyrinth as well. I have noticed it before, of course, but never really questioned its presence. Now, however, I am becoming more and more curious. Was this satellite there when Jeanne Rachel built the labyrinth in the early 2000s, or is it a more recent development? What is the purpose of this satellite (I am unsure if this satellite is for academic purposes - i.e the Physics department or for radio/telecommunication purposes). Why is it positioned immediately next to the labyrinth, why not slightly farther away? Does it emit electromagnetic frequencies? Although I was curious, I did not walk closer to inspect it further. I will inspect it further soon.
The final activity I engaged in was a deep introspection about time. Staring at the labyrinth in front of me, I remembered watching the science show NOVA on pbs during Tuesday nights when I was in elementary school. I remembered one episode dedicated to the physics of time and the notion of time being relative and Einstein's famous quote "the only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." I imagined the thousands of times this labyrinth had been walked upon by hundreds of different people during various times of day and seasons during the past decade. What a sight! To imagine so many people walking, some in agitation, some in peace, others (such as me) without an aim. We always experience a moment as it reveals itself to us, never how the moment "could be" later on or "was" before - thus we are subject to a linear movement of time. But what if time could be modified - say in a circular fasion, like the cycle it truly is. Time is relative - and mainly a human perception (logic/linear time centers in the left brain) - and this notion can be tested with simply a few breaths and a clock that makes a sound during each second. When taking a deep inhale, the sounds seem farther apart. When exhaling forcefully and rapidly, the sounds seem closer together. Every deep inhale, time expands and opens, and with every forceful exhale, time constricts and closes. How interesting.