HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services held a dedication ceremony Thursday for additions to its spiritual grounds.
A meditative labyrinth and fire circle are now a part of the spiritual grounds at the facility. The area of the facility has long been a place of healing for patients at Pine Grove.
"The labyrinth is an ancient meditative circle that anybody can use, our patients can use just as part of their recovery," said Debbie Sanford, administrator at Pine Grove. "They can enter the labyrinth and take a walk and just meditate or pray about whatever is going on in their circumstances, and hopefully exit the labyrinth with a new sense of purpose and a better perspective."
The labyrinth is meant to offer patients a relaxing place to concentrate on their personal path to recovery and to be a place of centering and contemplation. The spiritual grounds are also meant to be a place to find positive plans, thoughts and emotions for patients.
Pine Grove officials said there are currently over 100 labyrinths in health care settings across the country.
"We also have the fire circle as part of this project," Sanford said. "Patients do that as part of the last phase of their treatment here. They go in and actually have a ceremony of burning things from their past or past emotions or past situations that they've been in."
Pine Grove officials want their patients to go home with a positive plan for their future.
"People in Hattiesburg don't know what we do here, so I want to challenge all of you to become ambassadors for Pine Grove," said Joe Pack Arnold, spirituality coordinator at Pine Grove. "Go tell people. We are in the business of healing souls, minds, hearts and bodies here. And it's an awesome responsibility and an awesome task."