Labyrinth Walking Guide
“O God, you will show me the path of life
and fill me with joy in your presence.”
The Labyrinth is offered as a spiritual tool and a worshipful experience. While there is no “right way” to walk the path, you might find these guidelines helpful.
The experience of walking the labyrinth is best done in silence. Allow about one minute to pass between you and the person in front of you before entering the labyrinth. Quiet your mind, become aware of your breathing, and enter with an open heart. You may want to offer a prayer, ask for spiritual guidance or use some other ritual as you enter this sacred space.
Follow the pace that feels right and natural for you. If your pace is more rapid than the person’s in front of you, feel free to gently pass around that person. It is important to respect the prayerful, meditative state of others. As you meet others along the path, please step aside or avert your eyes to provide each of you with the space you both need while walking. This can be an intensely personal and inward time for some people, so please avoid intruding upon others.
You may want to focus on a question you’ve been asking yourself. Turn it over in your mind and look at it from all angles. Your question may not have a yes or no answer; but you may want to take time to pay attention to a specific issue in your life.
Select a word or a phrase to repeat over and over as you walk, as a way of centering yourself. This approach distracts the restless mind by keeping it busy.
Select a Psalm, Scripture passage, poem or other sacred text and read them as you walk, or stop at intervals to read them. You can also sit in the center and read or reflect on what you have read.
You may want to simply pray throughout your walk. If something is weighing heavily on your mind and heart, the labyrinth can offer tremendous support. This is a space in which you can pour out your heart, express your anger, experience joy, express gratitude, and above all, ask for what you need.