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“…One green afternoon while doodling time, I try to draw the semi-circular canals in my surgically patched head. Aiming for the distinctive, perpendicular arrangement of their three loops. No luck. In two dimensions their proportions look wrong, and no amount of redrawing helps. I tuck the sheet of notebook paper among others in the back of my journal.

The doodles eventually reshuffle to the front and I see them with new eyes. A triple spiral.  Megalithic art. Depending how the page is oriented, my drawings recall the Newgrange spiral, a triskele carved in Irish granite. A swirling, repetitive, circular pattern evoking movement in stone. Like the famous patterned floor of Chartres Cathedral, and other medieval labyrinths used in walking meditation.

I sit back, imagining this form inside my head and recalling how fluid in the bony labyrinth signals an organism’s position in space. A fusion of movement with structure, process with pattern. A form conserved by evolution and adapted for contemplation. Whoever named the vestibular labyrinth by invoking Greek mythology may have grasped that multivariate connections exist between the environments that humans inhabit and all the senses we rely upon to survive them….”

(Excerpt from Chapter 12 Patchwork Labyrinth: a portrait of neuroplasticity)