Let’s Go for a Walk–Part One

The ancient practice of walking the labyrinth has seen a resurgence.  The meditative labyrinth is not a maze.  There are no dead ends, no need to retrace steps.  There is a single path that leads from the edge to the centre and out again, although in a winding and circuitous manner.  The Labyrinth offers the opportunity to walk slowly, purposefully, alone, as a time of meditation, prayer, or simply in peaceful quiet.

One of the earliest Christian labyrinths was laid in Chartres Cathedral in the early 1200s and is still there today.  While often covered by chairs, it is still periodically uncovered to be used for its original purpose.

Walking the Labyrinth in meditation can be done either by paying close attention to each moment–breathing, body movement, sights and sounds around, or by stilling the mind completely. There is no one right way to meditate.  Some of us are good at stillness and simply being. Others need to focus on something–an image, a sound, a series of thoughts.

In a time when we always seem to be on the run to somewhere, there is so much to do, so much on our minds, so much to think about, decide, simply do, it can feel impossible to find the quiet peaceful moment to open our spirits to God’s Spirit. We might do this by simply sitting quietly.  But sometimes, and for some people, moving our bodies helps us centre and focus and find the place to be open to God. Walking the Labyrinth can help us do this.

Some very helpful sites:

https://labyrinthlocator.com/home can help you find a labyrinth in your area or an area you may be visiting.

https://veriditas.org/resources/Documents/Handouts/Walking%20the%20Labyrinth.pdf

gives a suggested way of walking the Labyrinth.

You can also use an image of a Labyrinth to “finger walk”, using the same process.

 (Centre of the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth)

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