The labyrinth is an aid to meditation and prayer. You may use the labyrinth in whatever way works best for you. What matters are not the details of what you do on the labyrinth, but the attention and intention you bring to the experience.
- If you already practice a method of meditation or contemplative prayer, or if you pray using a rosary or chaplet, you may choose to bring that practice onto the labyrinth and simply add movement
- Or…you may choose to silently recite the Lord’s Prayer or some other beloved prayer as you walk; or you may repeat a “sacred word” or focus on a sacred image; or you may sing or chant silently under your breath
- Or…you may choose to focus on a particular situation or question. Give that subject into God’s care as you walk towards the center. In the center, be still and wait upon whatever wisdom or insight God may have for you. Then as you make your way out of the center, reflect on how to take what has been given to you back into your everyday life
“The best way to learn about the labyrinth is to walk a well-constructed one with an open heart and an open mind at least three times” — The Rev. Canon Lauren Artress, Grace Cathedral
Guidelines for Walking
To respect the meditation of others, please maintain silence.
Pause as you enter the labyrinth.
Allow about a minute to elapse after the person entering ahead of you has begun their walk before you begin yours. You may want to use this time to compose your thoughts and quiet your mind.
Follow the pace that your body finds most comfortable. You may need to experiment a little with different paces until you find your rhythm. Your pace may vary from one part of your walk to another.
If you are walking more rapidly than someone in front of you, you my move ahead of this person at a turn by turning earlier. When you meet others traveling in the opposite direction, if you each step slightly to the right, you can pass each other easily and gracefully.