Walking the labyrinth is another classic form of meditation.
It works for stress relief.
Labyrinth meditation can help focus our minds in the present and relieve self inflicted stress.
It can help us redirect our thoughts and attention to our inner truth.
Labyrinth therapy can be simple and peaceful, like a gentle journey into the essence of one’s being.
Although walking a labyrinth is the usual form of this meditation, it can be done with equal effectiveness by simply tracing a labyrinth pattern with a pencil or finger.
When walking the labyrinth, or tracing it, do it slowly and carefully, patiently, with reverence for the process and journey it provides.
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meditation labyrinth similar to the one found in Chartres Cathedral. (It will open in a new window.)
Say your own prayers, or walk or trace the pattern in silence, which ever makes the most sense for you.
Following the path with its turns and reversals can be symbolic of one’s spiritual path or one’s path through life.
Many people find that labyrinth therapy gives them unexpected insights into their own nature, and their own lives.
How to go to the center
And where am I now
One foot in front of the other
Just keep walking the path
Move easily along the path laid out before you
Keep moving until there is no place to go
The path ends here ...
Labyrinths have been known since antiquity. The literature of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians made references to them. Labyrinth is usually referred to as a maze system of passageways that people moved through.
In the middle ages they were sometimes incorporated into patterns on the floors of the French cathedrals. The labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral near Paris is one of the most famous. But a number of different styles have been found through out history.
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Wikipedia, 2009. "Labyrinth." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labyrinth