What is a Labyrinth
Guidelines for Walking a Labyrinth
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to walk a labyrinth. Start by taking three long slow deep breaths in and out through the nose mentally saying “quiet the mind, open the heart.” Because you are walking, the mind is quieted. Labyrinth walks are sometimes referred to as walking meditation. I suggest that people may want to see the walk as three parts to a whole experience – but I recognize many go through the walk and these parts at different stages.
The entrance can be a place to stop, reflect, make prayer or intention for the spiritual walk you are about to take. The walk around the design to the center can be a “letting go” – a quieting of the thoughts, worries, lists of tasks to do, a letting go unto the experience of being present in the body. Arrival at the center rosette – a place of prayer/medication – “letting in” Gods guidance, the divine into our lives. When ready, the walk out “letting out” takes us back onto our lives, empowered by spirit to transform our lives and actions.
In many ways, we see the labyrinth as a call to action, a transformation spiritual tool for people. It can aid healing, help in releasing grief, (people often shed tears during the “letting go”, help guide through troubled times, aid in decision making, illuminate our purpose in life, and act as a tool of celebration and thanks. I have seen it be many things for many people. It is important to recognize it as a spiritual practice, not a magical tool. Its work is our commitment to enter into the sacred spiritual walk, not merely once, but to use it as part of an ongoing spiritual practice.
The vision of the world-wide Labyrinth Project is to establish labyrinths in cathedrals, retreat centers, hospitals, prisons, parks, airports, and community centers so they are available to walk in times of joy, in times of sorrow and when we are seeking hope.