The Nature of Turtles

The Turtle Labyrinth at Teaneck Creek Conservatory

The Turtle Peace Labyrinth was constructed from concrete debris found on-site at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. To create the labyrinth pathway, volunteers relocated the pieces of rubble by hand from their original location on the banks of the creek to the site of a former ball field (photo courtesy of Richard K. Mills).

The element of water, marshes and wetlands are natural habitats for turtles. As a totem animal the turtle assumes a role of peace in our lives reminding us to walk the natural path of the Earth and to realize the benefits of water flowing. In our minds, our physical bodies and our souls, allowing that which makes up most of who we are to be at ease and enjoy the strides of life.

The Turtle reminds us to take a break from the busy days and look around or within. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.

“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

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