Wednesday, May 8, 2013

LABYRINTHS


This was published earlier this week on Facebook and I want to include it here. Have you ever walked a labyrinth or used a finger labyrinth? Give this one a try and let us know what you thought of the experience.

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I'm going to begin this week's series on using prayer/meditation tools with using a finger labyrinth.

Labyrinths have been used for meditation and prayer by many cultures and religions for more than 3,000 years. The labyrinth pictured here is the design of the famous labyrinth located at the Chartres Cathedral in France, built around 1201 A.D.


Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has a single path that leads to the center. There are no dead ends and you cannot lose your way.

Most “traditional” labyrinths are constructed with paths that lay in concentric circles. They usually have eleven or seven circuits, but some have as few as five. I like to use this design because its eleven circuits allows for a nice period of reflection, prayer or meditation. The journey through a labyrinth is a metaphor for life's journey. It offers lessons as we move along the path. It can offer a mirror to reflect where we are in our lives and assist us to gain insights, make decisions, and find peace and serenity.

Choose a quiet, calm place and take a few moments to settle your mind before you begin.

Choose a problem, something you are thankful for, an issue you want some guidance on or some other matter to focus on.

Begin tracing your finger along the path of the labyrinth. There is no set pace. Move along the path at whatever speed you wish. Focus on the matter you chose to reflect on, allowing your mind to be open and receptive to guidance. Pause along the path if you wish, then continue when you are ready. Don't rush, and don't be surprised if you experience some strong emotions as you trace the path.

When you reach the center, remain there as long as you wish. Reflect on any images or thoughts that came to mind during your journey to the center.

When you are ready, trace your finger back outside of the labyrinth. Leave worries, heaviness and anxieties behind and embrace renewal, consider those things that came to you during your journey to the center of the labyrinth and how you may want to respond. 

Consider journaling about your experience, discussing it with someone close to you, or post it here to share with others.

Copy the labyrinth image here and paste in a document to print on a piece of paper. If you would like a more durable alternative, click on my link to Telling of the Beads on the home page. Inexpensive canvas labyrinths are available in variety of colors.