The labyrinth is an archetype that shows up throughout the ages in many cultures. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path to the center. That same path is then followed back out again. There are no tricks to a labyrinth.
In Christian tradition, the labyrinth is often laid out to contain a cross. We use the labyrinth as a tool of prayer.
How to walk the Labyrinth:
- Be mindful of God’s presence with you. - Walk on the grass between the stones lining the path. - Pass other people if you need to, or pause at the turns to let others pass you. - Stay in the center for a time if you wish.
You may wish to do one of these things while walking:
- Quiet your mind; be present with your breathing and your steps. - Be open to the metaphors that come to you. - Repeat a short prayer such as “Lord Jesus Christ” or “Come Holy Spirit.” - Actively talk with God about a concern or intention; both speak and listen.