Walking Labyrinth

Labyrinths are an ancient practice.  Labyrinths in cathedrals took the place of making pilgrimages to the Holy Land for those who could not make the journey.  For that reason, the devotional activity was found in nearly 25% of cathedrals during the Middle Ages.
Today, labyrinths are found in a variety of settings.  They are used as a kind of walking meditation, in places such as medical centers, spas, parks, retreat centers, schools, prisons, playgrounds, retreat centers, and even some of our neighbors’ backyards.  Check here to see the global labyrinth locator.
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Unlike mazes, labyrinths do not require problem-solving and dead ends.  They are intended as a contemplative practice.  Some people use them to deepen their awareness of God’s presence, others “walk their questions” and listen for answers.  Another practice is to choose a word or phrase that you speak and let guide you as you make your way through the labyrinth.
Whatever you do, consider quieting your mind and becoming aware of your breath.  Let go of thoughts that creep in during this time. Notice what happens.
It’s important to know that there is no right way to walk a labyrinth, so listen to your breath or how fast or slow your body wants to go.  
Blessings as you meditate on the path ahead.
(Taken in large part from Rethink Church: A Guided Path)