A labyrinth is a spiritual device used by various cultures since ancient times. In its most basic sense, it is a pathway consisting of different circuits that one follows – first leading towards the center and then back again towards the point where you began the journey. Unlike a maze, there are no dead ends or choices to make between possible right or wrong turns. There is only the one path. A labyrinth is similar in terms of function to a rosary, the stations of the cross, the tao-te-ching and Buddhist meditation. As with those other traditions’ spiritual devices, intentionality is crucial. Therefore, before beginning your walk, one should prepare oneself both mentally and spiritually. As you remove your shoes, you might silently say a prayer to yourself, bless yourself, or center your thoughts. The point is to ground yourself in the present. While you are walking the different circuits, you may find that the labyrinth helps you, in succession, in focusing on the past, the present, and that which is becoming. Be aware that what you take with you into the labyrinth is what you will ultimately encounter. Different people will choose different names to describe the experience. Don’t let that distract you. Names are not as important as the experience itself. Go forward, in the words of Rabindranath Tagore, “with empty hands and an expectant heart.”

The Labyrinth Walk is available on the third Friday of alternating months (September to June) from 7:00 to 9:30pm. Please check our online calendar for actual dates.

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