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.
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.
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.”
Here is a short introduction to walking the Labyrinth.
A labyrinth is not a maze (although it may be amazing!)
A labyrinth is not a maze with mental challenges and blind alleys. You can get lost in a maze!
In a labyrinth, there is only one path from the entrance to the center and back again. There is no “right” way to walk the labyrinth; there are no “right” thoughts to have. Let your experience be your own.
The path of the labyrinth is like the path of life – with twists and turns. Allow yourself time for the journey, to encounter others on your path. There might be a thrill of pleasure as you approach the center and sometimes a flash of insight before you leave.
Some enter the labyrinth with a problem to solve or an intention to change something in their lives. One person said “In this space I release my fears and remember who I truly am.”
For a list of online resources about labyrinths, click here.