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What Is A Labyrinth?


A labyrinth is a pattern, usually in the form of a large circle that has one path beginning at the outer edge and leading in a circuitous way into the centre. Generally, there are three distinct parts of a labyrinth walk. The journey includes the walk into the labyrinth, the time spent in the centre and the return walk back out.


There is no such thing as an incorrect path, for on this journey you cannot “not get” where you are going. It is simply a matter of speed-merely a question of when you will get there.   

-Neale Donald Walsch



In the labyrinth, the set path takes you to the centre; that you know you will get to the centre helps focus and quiet the mind.    -Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress


A labyrinth is one of the best experiential tools available to process grief; the experience is a profound metaphor for grief and life in general. The act of walking can encourage the release of feelings that need to be experienced. The walk may surface a thought, a feeling, an idea, a person, a sadness, a joy, a memory, a problem situation, or simply a pause to absorb the sounds of nature. Once identified, the receiver may transfer the metaphor into daily action. Every labyrinth walk is a learning experience one way or another.


Labyrinths continue to grow in popularity as people discover their power to calm the mind and soothe the body. When you walk a labyrinth, following the winding path deepens breathing and helps to release built-up tension. It is especially effective because it is a moving meditation; many people have great difficulty sitting silently and not moving as required in traditional ways of meditating.

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