We’d love to hear how you may be using labyrinths in your life. Are labyrinths part of your community? Is there a particular story you would like to tell? Have you built a labyrinth? Please use the contact form below to send us your story and let us know if we can share it in future blogs. We will use only your first name.
The Labyrinth Resource Group has just published a new brochure available for download by clicking here. The brochure gives an introduction to walking the labyrinth and locations of public labyrinths in Santa Fe.
Walking into the labyrinth – Quiet your mind chatter and
release your thoughts. Become aware of your breathing,
Take slow breaths. Relax and move at your own pace.
Open your heart to feel whatever it might feel.
Walking into the Center – This is a place of reflection.
Pause and stay as long as you like. Listen to your inner
Walking out the labyrinth – Walk out on the same path you
followed coming in, bringing a sense of well-being, healing,
excitement, calm or peace.
Here is a short video about the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France which in many ways became the inspiration for reviving the building of labyrinths, a movement which has spread all over the world. The video has beautiful footage of walking the labyrinth at Chartres, both at the ground level and in aerial views. In French.
Labyrinths have been used all over the world for thousands of years. Each person who walks brings their own way of being in the labyrinth to each experience of it. Labyrinths can be walked individually or in groups. One way of observing the rhythm of the year is to walk the labyrinth at the solstices and the equinoxes, thus marking the four seasons. Some people walk on the new or the full moon. Using the labyrinth to bring us into the cycle of the year is a beautiful way to find the harmony in our lives.
Labyrinths can be created out of a number of materials. In Santa Fe, the labyrinth at Frenchy’s Field Park is made out of earth, water and straw, known as “cob.” In a similar to the process to the one used to make adobe bricks used for buildings, the materials are mixed, formed and allowed to harden in the sun. The labyrinth gets a lot of use and so must be maintained regularly. Here’s a photo of a mudding team hard at work.
Whether you’re traveling some place and want to find a labyrinth to walk or if you’re looking for a labyrinth near home, there is an easy way to locate the nearest labyrinth. The Labyrinth Locator, a project, of The Labyrinth Society and Veriditas, is a database of labyrinths all over the world which can be visited, with locations, pictures, and contact details. To connect to the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator, click here.
If you have or know of a labyrinth that you would like to have listed in the database, you can add it by clicking here.
If you think that the labyrinth experience is just for humans – think again!
As this video shows, using horses in the labyrinth can be a powerful way to process emotions and reach deeper levels of understanding and awareness.
Walking the labyrinth encourages the connection between ourselves and the world.
Here are some reflections from children about what they experienced when walking the labyrinth:
“I thought about my grandma’s death. I decided to think about the good parts of her life, rather than her suffering. The labyrinth helped me find a way to forget about her suffering.”
“I thought about the lies I have told. I am really sorry about the lies I have told my friends.”