People around the world have used labyrinths for centuries as a walking metaphor for the pilgrim’s journey, as a way to open the mind to the present moment and stay centered. Our labyrinth allows for this inner journey in a unique, mountain setting.
A Labyrinth is…
A circle with a meandering pathway to a purposeful center point, its one path leads you to both the center and exit. Labyrinths and mazes are often mixed up — with a maze there are many choices and paths — decisions to be made — but with a labyrinth there is only one path and the only choice is whether to enter or not! It can be seen as a metaphor for the journey of life we are all on to the deepest part of our Self and then back out into the world with a clearer understanding of ourselves.
Labyrinths can be dated back to around 4000 years ago and are often used now as a meditative contemplative practice.
Your Guide to Walking the Labyrinth
While there is no set way of walking the labyrinth a little assistance can be helpful if it is your first time.
Firstly, shoes or barefoot? It’s up to you (and also the weather!). Some people find they are more grounded when walking barefoot.
Leave distractions, such as your cell phone, behind.
Stand at the entrance and create an intention for yourself, this can simply be to relax or something you would like an answer to.
Take a moment to center yourself with a few deep breaths.
Step into the labyrinth. You can set your own pace. Walking slowly and intentionally may create a more mindful approach to your journey.
Try to walk with a quiet mind. If thoughts arise focus on each step and the feel of the earth beneath you.
Upon reaching the center, pause and enjoy the stillness. You may wish to sit, lie down or remain standing.
When you feel ready, make your way out of the labyrinth the way you arrived and appreciate any insight you received from the practice. Most of all, enjoy the journey!
Dawn – sunset