Labyrinths are an ancient spiritual practice for calming the heart and mind, and for connecting with the sacred in our lives. The labyrinth design above is from the Chartres Cathedral in France, and dates from the 1200s.
The practice of using a labyrinth revolves around a practice of 'presence.' As you walk through the labyrinth, the design is such that you don't really know where you are going or where you have come from. People use this time to be mindful of their breathing, and allow their thoughts to come and go. Some people recite a short bible verse or prayer, some people let their minds wander, some people count their breaths. There is no 'right' way to do a labryinth. It is simply a time for contemplation and reflection.
We will have a walking labyrinth on the floor at church on Sunday, September 26, for people to use during worship that day. It can be put up at other times, so let us know if you want to walk the labyrinth at another time.
Click on the links below for some 'finger' labyrinths you can do at home.
Labyrinth from Ely Cathedral in England.
Classical Labyrinth Design, possibly from Crete
Labyrinth from Chartres Cathedral in France.