A labyrinth is a spiritual tool that has been used for centuries as a way of connecting to God, centering oneself, and focusing one’s mind in prayer. Its’ circularity and turns to the left and right reinforce an integration of the left and right hemispheres of the brain and help in calming, clarifying, and focusing. Because it involves the body in walking, it is a form of “embodied prayer” or “embodied spirituality.” Yet there is nothing magical about the labyrinth; it is just a tool. It may take us to the Holy, but it is not the Holy. Walking the labyrinth can just be a matter of walking in circles –or it can be a deeply spiritual practice.
To help make walking the labyrinth a spiritual practice, we have placed a brochure with “how to walk” suggestions in a black box near the labyrinth.
Like all prayer and spiritual practices, sometimes the experience of walking the labyrinth will be a powerful, insightful, or calming experience. Other times it will be a “so what?” or “ho-hum” experience. As with all prayer and spiritual practices, the important thing is that you try it and keep on practicing it. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to walk the labyrinth. You can’t get lost. Like all of life, it involves putting one foot in front of the other.
–And eventually you will find your way home.
Please see the labyrinth page for more about the Grace labyrinth and the renovation process.