When Carol Matthews was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago, she turned to a kind of meditation to cope.
The Nanaimo author started walking through labyrinths – twisting walkways leading to a centre. She said it was “a way of just focusing on what was happening personally and spiritually.”
Matthews recorded her experience in Questions for Ariadne, which sold out when released in 2011. She calls it “kind of a humorous book which is a bit of an exploration of how do we approach the challenges of aging while walking this age old path.”
Matthews has since written a new forward and afterward and is holding a book launch for the revised and expanded edition of Questions for Ariadne at Bethlehem Centre on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Matthews said the revised book examines the rising popularity of labyrinth meditation.
“There just seems to be something basic in that spiral path that appeals to people in all cultures,” she said. “The spiral is in nature. It’s in our DNA.”
WHAT’S ON … Carol Matthews book launch at Bethlehem Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd., on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.