Walking the Labyrinth

A labyrinth is not a maze.  There are no dead ends or tricks.  You should not get lost.  It is a spiraling in and a spiraling back out.  The Celts called it a Never Ending Circle and considered labyrinths places where the physical and spiritual overlap.  Walking the labyrinth is an ancient practice in many faiths for slowing down, quieting the mind, prayerful reflection, and a form of walking meditation.

As a myth lover, it is interesting to consider the myth of the Minotaur in Greek mythology.  If the labyrinth that the minotaur is trapped within is not a maze, but a way of spiraling in and spiraling out–why is there a monster at the center of the labyrinth? Why does Theseus need a ball of string to find his way back out?  What is the metaphor?  

It is a physical practice of, literally, turning inward.  What happens as you spiral in?  Notice your body and thoughts.  Notice your breath.  Notice what answers appear.

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You may bring to your walk the intention of your choosing: meditation, healing, creativity, clarity, quiet, questing, or the intention of your choosing.  What might you seek and find on your journey inward and outward?     

Come to the labyrinth with a quiet mind and an open heart.  Spiral in.  Spiral out.

Our Labyrinth: Our labyrinth is still a work in progress and has been through a few stages.  The first stage was when we set rocks to mark the pathway, nearly ten years ago (thank you Miss Taylor for all your hard work!!).  Over the next few years, Mother Nature stepped in and the journey became an unmanageable jungle of pine trees, brambles, berries, and more.

The rocks were removed and each was replaced with a daffodil.  The daffodils have been establishing over the past few years, but in that time the wildness came back in.  We spent late winter this year taming trees and brambles and filling in the gaps with new daffodils.

yellow cluster petaled flowers

The labyrinth is still a bit unruly, but it is walkable for as long as the daffodils remain.  It’s currently at it’s peak!  Please contact me if you’d like to walk it before the season shifts and the daffodils fade…

How to walk a Labyrinth:
There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Your journey is your own. If you meet another on the path, simple pause and step aside to let them pass.  Here are basic suggestions to get your started:

1. Stand at the entrance (our labyrinth is up a slight hill: walk up the path by the beach roses and stand between the two entrance rocks).  Center yourself with a breath. Perhaps set an intention for your walk (play, experiment, experience, reflection, study, creativity, spiritual, meditative, etc).
2. Begin to walk (it is sometimes easier to follow the daffodils on your left on the way in, especially if it is early in the season and not all the daffodils are at peak). The walking in is a time to release.
3. Surrender to your walking.
4. Pause at the center. Perhaps you sit. The center is the place of receiving.
5. Follow the same path outward (it is sometimes easier to follow the daffodils on the right until you reach the exit). The walking out is a time of return. 
–It is perfectly all right to cross the ‘wall’s if you so choose, but please be mindful of the flowers. Please watch your step, especially if it is early in the season and the daffodils are not fully up.

You don’t need a ball of string, but sometimes people like to leave something in the center of the labyrinth as a token to their journey.

You may find more information at The Labyrinth Society or Veriditas.  Have fun exploring.  

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