Walking the Labyrinth
"Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient path, where the good way lies, and walk in it and find rest for your soul." Jeremiah 6:16
The Labyrinth is a pathway of ancient design, emblemantic of the spiritual journey.
Our Labyrinth is an 11-circuit medieval Labyrinth, a replica of the 13th century design found in Our Lady of Notre Dame Cathedral in Chartres, France.
The Labyrinth offers a unique way to pray and can open one to the deep sense of the Sacred. They are found in many religious traditions and cultures.
Walking the Labyrinth serves many purposes, including healing, discernment and giving thanks.
The spiraling motion with its gentle right and left turns can relax and center the mind.
A Labyrinth is not a maze; it has only one path and requires no decisions except to enter and walk...
We offer our Labyrinth Peace Garden to you as a place for quiet reflection and communion and invite you to make this a place of spiritual pilgrimage.
Suggested reading: "Walking the Sacred Path" by Rev. Lauren Artress, Ph.D.
"Come, and you will see." – John 1:39
The Labyrinth Walk
"Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, 'this is the way: walk in it.'"- Isaiah 30:21
Please know there is no "right" or "wrong" way to walk the Labyrinth. The following are simply offered as helpful suggestions:
Preparation - Quiet the mind through breathing, prayer, meditation, setting an intention, journaling or just being quiet for a while.
Stepping onto the Path –Find a comfortable pace, honoring your own rhythm. This is a two-way path, gently pass or allow others to pass.
The Way In - Release: Letting go of expectations and embracing the present can enhance one's experience. Notice, and softly hold, any feelings or thoughts that surface.
Reaching the Center - Receive: Rest in Presence - listen, pray or meditate...linger for as long as you wish. "Be still and know I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
The Way Out – Return: Using the same path, retreace your steps back to the entrance. Honor your experience and go forth with whatever was received.
Afterwards- Our Peace Garden is offered as a place to sit, reflect, pray, journal or just be silent.
Like other spiritual practices, the more you walk the Labyrinth, the greater the gifts.
The Labyrinth is open for individual walks. Guided Group walks are available. Please call Beth Lawrence at 201-818-6204 or Ruth Harrison at 201-934-1957 to schedule a Labyrinth walk or for further information.