Labyrinth walking

You may be aware there are many forms of meditation, including carrying out everyday actions, such as walking, and using them with the intention of staying present or as vehicles in which to engage in contemplation. At such times, physical movement, or the breath, may be focused on as a means of quietening the mind and concentrating on an issue or expanding awareness of the moment. When you walk along a labyrinth, there is an added symbolic element as the journey, toward the center and back out, represents a personal voyage that may be transformative in nature.

Evidence that people throughout time have found value in labyrinth walking is easy to find, since ancient stones and pathways still exist. Legends report that some people used them to ward off threats to their well-being, while others used them to represent the journey of life itself from birth to death, or as a form of pilgrimage. Now people mostly use them as a way of releasing emotions, gathering strength, focusing, or letting go of thoughts, and return from their journey with a sense of achievement or with a spiritual gift of sorts. They might feel unburdened or enlightened in some way regarding a matter of concern. At other times, walkers gain space and time in which to relax and release tension, and perhaps, a chance to be part of an ancient ritual with others walking the same path.

You cannot engage in walking a labyrinth incorrectly, as, just as there are no false endings or trickery involved in a labyrinth’s design, there are no rules. Yet, many people say they benefit more, gaining a richer experience, by taking time to create an intention while standing at the entrance to the walk. They might then move with intent, until they reach the middle of the labyrinth where they pause once more, maybe receiving insight or feeling peaceful before walking the return journey.

The inward path of a labyrinth is said to represent release, a letting go of troubles, so when you reach the middle, you are ready to receive. You might stop to say a prayer, reflect on your goal, or absorb the experience fully. As you return, you bring the experience back with you into your life, thus, you reappear with figurative treasure. Of course, you could just walk an imaginary labyrinth in your mind and benefit if you focused. On the other hand, there is magic to be had in ritual and movement: they appeal to the psyche and add weight to belief, and your beliefs have the power to transform those aspects of your life you wish to change for the better.



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bridget webber

Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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