People describe a labyrinth in many ways: a path of prayer, a walking meditation, a crucible of change, a watering hole for the spirit and a mirror of the soul.
What are the benefits of walking the labyrinth?
Walking the Labyrinth quiets the mind, opens the heart and grounds the body … Some find answers to questions long asked, some find healing, creativity, a sense of wholeness … What will you find on your labyrinth journey?
Guidelines for Walking the Labyrinth
The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. It has a single circuitous path that winds its way into the center. The person walking it uses the same path to return from the center and the entrance then becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows a person to be quiet and focus internally.
Generally there are three stages to the walk: releasing on the way in, receiving in the center and returning when you follow the return path back out of the labyrinth. Symbolically, and sometimes actually, you are taking back out into the world that which you have received.
There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Use the labyrinth in any way that meets what you need while being respectful of others walking. You may go directly to the center to sit quietly — whatever meets your needs.
To prepare, you may want to sit quietly to reflect before walking the labyrinth. Some people come with questions, others just to slow down and take time out from a busy life. Some come to find strength to take the next step. Many come during times of grief and loss.
Children can enjoy the labyrinth too and we ask that parents supervise their young children so all may enjoy the meditative aspects of the walk.
DATE – 4th-8th Sept 2017
TIME – 10-4pm
VENUE – St John & St Stephen’s