How to walk an Labyrinth - REFLECTION, RELEASE, There is no right way to walk a labyrinth. You only have to enter and follow the path. However, your walk can encompass a variety of attitudes. It may be joyous or somber. It might be thoughtful or prayerful. You may use it as a walking meditation. Adults are often serious in the labyrinth. Children most often run in and out as fast as they can in a playful manner. Most of all pay attention to your experience. Some general guidelines for walking a labyrinth are: 1. Focus: Pause and wait at the entrance. Become quiet and centered. Give acknowledgment through a bow, nod, or other gesture and then enter. 2. Experience: Walk purposefully. Observe the process. When you reach the centre stay there and focus 3. Exit: Turn and face the entrance. Give an acknowledgement of ending, such as "Amen or head bow." 4. Reflect: After walking the labyrinth reflect back on your experience. journal or draw to capture your experience. 5. Walk often
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
A power tool to support a healthy mental state. A labyrinth relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego to "That Which Is Within." A labyrinth has only one path. It is unicursal. The way in is the way out. There are no blind alleys. The path leads you on a circuitous path to the centre and out again. A labyrinth involves intuition, creativity, and imagery. At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the centre of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of whom you are.
Steps to get it done:
A POEM: Rows of ragged rocks outline a path for healing? Brown, decaying leaves hug the winter ground – a blanket to transform? The labyrinth awaits the sojourner-- almost calls her name-- Will you enter my simple boundaries and journey my paths One Step at a Time? Straight ahead, yet winding and crooked Maybe tears, maybe joy, maybe peace All who are heavy laden, come stand at the gate All who are fragmented, place one foot down and the other in front All who find wonder in the commonplace, Come travel the narrow rows One Step at a Time. Give up your burdens, your middle of the night worries Lay a care on a silver, craggly rock as you pass and move on to the next, the monotony will soothe you One Step at a Time. Moving inward, The trail winds in and out Muscles untensing, The walker’s job seems easy, The cares tumble down and hit the ground with imagined force lightening the load on contact One Step at a Time.
About the space
London Borough of Barnet