|Labyrinth, Hollywood, FL, 2010|
Labyrinths can be found in art forms all round the world from as long ago as 4000 years. The most famous remaining intact labyrinth is that found on the floor of Chartres Cathedral, France constructed around 1200. Pilgrims used to walk it as a symbolic spiritual journey. People of all faiths walk the Labyrinth. It is a symbol of our passage through time and experience. Walking the Labyrinth is more about the journey than the destination.
Based on a circle, the universal symbol for unity and wholeness, the Labyrinth is a pattern with a purpose. The Labyrinth has only one path which winds throughout and becomes a mirror to reflect the journey of life; it may touch our sorrows, and release our joys. So walk it with an open mind and an open heart.
The labyrinth can be used as a walking meditation, a way to finding your own spiritual center. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. It is a powerful tool to illuminating one's path through life. There are as many different ways to walk the Labyrinth as there are individuals. The journey is different for everyone, as is life. We each bring our uniqueness to the labyrinth.... and often depart with a greater sense of oneness and unity.
- To give thanks
- To solve a problem
- to take time out
- to dream
- to seek guidance
- to resolve a conflict
- to grieve a loss
- to release a fear
- to pray and be with God
- JUST FOR FUN!
1 - Approach it with a relaxed and open mind. Don't try to figure out what will happen. Don't decide that it won't "work" for you before you try it.
2 - Remember there is only one way in and one way out. You cannot get lost. You do not have to think. Remind yourself to Trust.
3 - Clear your mind as much as possible and become aware of your breath.
4 - When you get to the center, take as long as you would like and then follow the same path out from the center.
You can print one out here....
There are several web sites where the labyrinth comes up on the screen and you use either the mouse or your eyes to trace through it.
If you want to find an actual physical labyrinth you can walk, check this link. I know that some of the ones I have walked are not included on this list, so you can also Google labyrinth and your location, city, state, etc.
Finally, consider what was going through your mind as you "walked" whether for real or virtually?
Were you impatient?
If you keep thinking you cannot do it or are not doing it "right," SLOW DOWN.