Seafarer Mama/Karen is a Life Coach who uses labyrinths as a tool for personal growth and transformation for both herself and her clients.
Labyrinth Center Mirrors Our Soul's Center
Return to Yourself on the Labyirnth Path
In this time of sheltering-in, you may be wondering what to do with all of the feelings this pandemic, the world's social and political challenges, and the U.S. presidential race have brought into sharp focus for you and those around you. Your heart is full of so much that's happening in the world. How do you process all, or any, of it? How do you discern truth from mere opinion, or something else entirely?
Shelter in Labyirnth Walk Meditation
This article suggests that you take shelter in walking the labyirnth path. A labyrinth is an ancient form of geometry used for walking meditation. There is only one path to walk, to the center and then back out again.
Types of Labyirnths
There are labyirnths that are "life-size," which you walk with your feet. To find one of those, you can search on the Worldwide Labyirnth Locator. There are others that are smaller, which you can walk with your finger. Both types will bring you to a meditative state of mind.
Stages to Walking a Labyrinth
There is No Wrong Way to Walk a Labyrinth
A labyrinth can be walked at any pace that feels right to you. These days we must keep our distance, so it is best to walk a labyirnth if you are the only one on the path, and wearing a face mask. If another person is on the path, it's better to wait until they are done before you begin. While you wait you can sit on a bench and enjoy the surroundings, especially if the labyirnth is located in a garden.
You can walk a labyrinth with a small group of friends if everyone in the group is comfortable walking at the same time. It's still best to wear a face mask and to give each other lots of space.
There are three stages to walking a labyirnth:
Release worldly distractions so you can focus on your intention for your labyirnth walk. It's good to walk at a pace that's natural for you, but not too fast. You are leaving the world of doing and entering a world of being. This is your time to spend with yourself, with your own intuition. Take some deep breaths and focus your attention on the labyrinth path and its surroundings. If it's a garden, there will most likely be lots of diverse activity by the native animals, birds and insects to observe. Let that be a serenade for your walk.
Each turn on the path brings you deeper into meditation, and closer to your own soul's center. Enjoy the journey, for it's akin to a pilgrimage. Let go of all expectations and approach your walk with wonder and curiosity. Yet, be compassionate with yourself if your thoughts are eager to keep returning while you walk. Treat this as information about yourself and the values that are most important to you. You can promise them your attention through writing in a journal after you complete your walk.
As you approach the center, pause for a while. You give the space a bow with your palms touching at your heart, or open your arms wide to receive Wisdom from your intuition. Did you receive any fresh inspiration or insight? Receive these blessings and bask in them.
You can remain at the center as long as you like, especially if there's a place for you to sit. Notice the thoughts that arise and what direction they take. How do you feel physically and mentally? Are you calmer? Take some long, deep breaths while you're there.
When you are ready to leave the center, bow and thank the spirits of the elements, the angels, and/or whatever pantheon of divine beings you believe in. If you're Catholic, you could thank Jesus and Mary, or a favorite saint. Or you can thank a Goddess. Then, walk back to the entrance of the path slowly as you move back into the world.
A finger labyirnth is a smaller path you can keep on your table and place it in your lap to walk with your finger. You can use the image above to walk while you are reading through this article. Play music while you walk and move along the path with the fingers of your non-dominant hand. Doing this brings you into deeper state of meditaiton. At the end of your walk, how do you feel?
Finger Labyrinth Walk Demonstration by Seafarer Mama
Keeping a Journal
It's good to write down your reflections from walking a labyrinth path. It's' an integrative process and you will want to remember what you learned during your itme on the path.
Your journal can be a simple notebook or one with a special cover that you love. It can have lines or be blank like a sketchbook. This will give you lots of room to draw as welll as write, if you'd like. No need to be perfect! All forms of self-expression will lead you closer to your own wisdom and understanding, and that of the Universe. The more you express yourself in art, writing, music, dance or anything else, the more you gain clarity around who you are and want to be in the world.
You Have the Power to Choose
"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can decide how you're going to live now." ~ Joan Baez
Journal Writing on the Path
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Karen A Szklany
Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on June 16, 2020:
Glad you received something from this article. Thank you for stopping by to read & leave a note.
There is really no one way to walk a lanyrinth, but lots of ways for us to enhance our experiences on the path. Even if you walk without doing anything special along the way but to take your time, be present to the space around the path, and practice courtesy toward others who may also be walking, you'll probably derive some good insights from your time there. Hope you have a chance to walk a labyrinth again.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2020:
Thanks for writing about how to correctly use a labyrinth. I have only walked one, and did so before knowing much about them.
Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on June 15, 2020:
Eric ~ Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Hope you have a chance to enjoy a labyrinth walk in some form sometime soon. You can use the rainbow path included to start. With regard to Transcendental Meditation ~ it's good if one is able to tame one's mind so it rises above thought. However, walking a labyrinth encourages a Mindfulness Meditation style, where a walker releases thoughts and slows down one's pace and breathing to be attentive to the present moment, then encourages paying attention to how the nature of one's thoughts or feelings change in response to the walking meditation. ~:0)
Bill ~ Thank you, too, for stopping by, my friend. Glad my article was informative. I'm passionate about the healing power of walking labyrinths, so whenever I have a chance, I encourage all of my friends to walk one if you can, and also offer information about making and walking your own finger labyrinth. Blessings back to you and Bev! ~:0)
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 15, 2020:
Well I learned a bunch here that is for sure. I have seen them but never inquired. Makes a lot of sense. For some odd reason it reminds me of transcendental notions.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 15, 2020:
A very interesting read, Karen. I didn't know such things existed, or their purpose, or the correct way to approach them, so your article was very informative.
Blessings to you always!