Enjoy a rare gift of being fully present. Walk a labyrinth.

World Labyrinth Day (May 7) and Mother’s Day (May 8) occur this weekend. Walking the spiral path of twists and turns of the outdoor labyrinth at The Center at Westwoods provided me with calm and unexpected answers, all from just putting one foot in front of the other.

Being a mom, and now a grandmother, “being in the present” is a tall order. Sometimes I need to walk a labyrinth to savor life, right here, right now.

Thus, I took a 40-minute meditation walk along the circular, grassy furrows toward the labyrinth’s center, the granite obelisk capped with a large quartz crystal. The stroll mimics daily life, seemingly headed toward a goal, and then veering off with twists and turns, and going in circles.

Like real life, I think, “Where is this headed? How long will this take? Am I doing this right?”

When at last I reached the obelisk, I rested my back against it, imagining myself a lightening rod for blessings, inhaling the fullness of my journey.

There is a scientific reason for feeling centered afterward. The left side of the brain, which governs rational, logical and linear actions, is often overworked. The twists and turns along a circular path allows that side to rest, while the creative, intuitive right side of the brain is exercised. Walking a labyrinth balances the two hemispheres of the brain.

After my walk, I traverse the perimeter of the labyrinth where four separate stone walls face north, south, east and west. Each station has a row of eight Tibetan prayer wheels. Walk along, say a prayer or make a wish, and turn the wheels in passing to release intentions into the universe. My heart was sated, exploring 32 prayers, both of praise and petitions.

Birdsong, grassy aroma, the chill of early spring air felt intensified as was my sense of being present, right here, right now, my to-do list banished for now. A rare gift to mothers everywhere.

Give yourself that walk for Mother’s Day.

Note: The outdoor labyrinth is free and open to the public, and is located at The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay Street, Westwood, Massachusetts. The Center’s building is private and the public cannot access the building unless registered for classes.

— Email Suzette Martinez Standring at suzmar@comcast.net or visit readsuzette.com.