Towards the back of the campus you will find the Labyrinth.
Experiencing the Labyrinth
Labyrinths are currently being used worldwide in a variety of ways: to seek spiritual guidance, to quiet the mind, to cope with problems or loss, to reduce stress or develop more balance, to ease transition, to increase creativity or simply to be self-reflective. You walk a seemingly convoluted path that leads you to the middle, or the center of your heart, where you can pray, meditate and be open to what it has to say to you. Hopefully, when you are through, you feel more peaceful, loving and open to change.
Tips for Using a Labyrinth
There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. The process is open to your creativity, and you or your clients may find that you respond to different methods at different times in your life. Here are a variety of ways to explore the possibilities of labyrinth meditation:
Take some time to reflect before entering the labyrinth. You can concentrate on a specific topic or question or on a particular person, event or situation in your life. You can also develop a specific intention to use in your meditation, or just take time to relax and clear your mind as much as possible.
Maintain awareness of your breath as you walk. Pay attention to your thoughts as they come, and then gently let them go.
Consider walking barefoot, if safe and appropriate.
Think of the journey of your own life as you walk, asking yourself what your labyrinth experience represents in your life.
Pay attention to the experience of your senses as you walk. What are the sights, sounds and smells? What are the physical sensations of touch?
Create individual or group rituals. For example, have one person wait at the center and let others greet that person and share a moment with him or her, one at a time, as they walk the path. Rituals can celebrate events, say good-bye to something or someone or commemorate experiences or emotions.
Share your labyrinth experiences with others after you walk, through talking, writing or drawing.
If you don’t have a labyrinth in your area, consider making your own. Instructions are available on a variety of labyrinth websites.
Whatever you experience, relax and enjoy it. Focus on the journey, not the destination.