One of my most cherished moments happened several years ago as I was walking the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The walk was a spiritual exercise for me, very contemplative and introspective. I walked it as a life journey that takes turns you never expect and yet gets to the center and back out again. It was quite an experience.
A sacred Labyrinth Walk, called Illuminating the Inner Path, is the ancient practice of “Circling to the Center” by walking the labyrinth. The rediscovery of this self alignment tool to put our lives in perspective is one of the most important spiritual movements of our day. Labyrinths have been in use for over 4000 years. Their basic design is fundamental to nature and many cultures and religious traditions. Whatever one’s religion, walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight. It calms people in the throes of life’s transitions.
Life is about transformation, growth, expanding possibilities and discovery. Life is a sacred journey of your continuous vision. Life is about seeing clearly and deeply, learning, facing challenges and stretching your soul.
For many decades labyrinths have been used as a meditation and prayer tool that represent a spiritual journey to our center and back into the world again. We can walk the labyrinth as a metaphor for our life’s journey.
Many people become confused as to what the difference is between a labyrinth and a maze. A maze is similar to a puzzle which needs to be solved, due to the many turns, twists and blind alleys. One requires logic in order to find their way in and out of a maze. A labyrinth has only one path. The way into the labyrinth is the way out. There are no blind alleys, and the path leads you on a circuitous path to the center of the labyrinth and back out again.
When entering a labyrinth there is no right or wrong way to enter – all you need do is enter and follow the path. A labyrinth walk can encompass several attitudes. One can be prayerful, thoughtful, introspective or joyous. They key is to be mindful of the moment and mindful of your life while walking the labyrinth. Envision your life’s goal, walk with thoughts of your destiny and see what you learn. Pay attention to your inner emotions and the intuitive part of yourself.
The following labyrinths are in Macon:
Rose Park Labyrinth (always open to the public)
Mulberry Street United Methodist Church (always open)
Riverside United Methodist Church (call for information)
St. Andrew’s Montessori School (call for information)
The photo I have included is a beautiful lavender labyrinth at Kastellaun, Germany.