The Labyrinth is an ancient prayer walk, sacred geometry, a meditative, sacred walk to the centre of your being. Many people walk the labyrinth seeking guidance and clarity on their life path, or a deeper understanding of self, others with the intention of releasing worries, life’s burdens, all that no longer serves them. For some it is a meditative walk to quiet the mind and open the heart, and restore balance to the body, mind and spirit. Some simply walk the labyrinth with a prayer in their hearts.
Walking the labyrinth is simple. From spring through fall most people connect with the labyrinth walking with bare feet, however, it is not necessary, and the labyrinth can be walked year-round. Standing at the entrance, take a moment to ground yourself, to breathe and let go, and to be present, releasing all expectations. Set an intention, ask for guidance or say prayers that you will carry with you as you walk the labyrinth. As you mindfully walk, notice what you notice. Bring your awareness to your breath and every step you take, and notice any guidance you might receive, which could come in any form – through intuition, sounds, scents, sights, feels. Notice what insights you might receive. Slow down. You may be pulled to stand or sit at the centre of the labyrinth and just be. Then, whenever you are ready, begin returning to the entrance, following the same path.
Once you arrive at the entrance, take a moment to express gratitude for the experience before leaving.
Afterwards, you may feel like settling into one of many meditation points in the forest, for self-reflection. Bring a pen and notebook along, to journal thoughts, if desired.