The Monastery
 

Walk the Labyrinth at the Monastery

 









 

What is a labyrinth and why would you walk one?

A gentle, reflective walk on a labyrinth is a wonderful way to quiet the mind, relax and allow your natural creative energy to flow. The meandering pattern helps to disengage the logical thought processes giving time and space for abstract ideas and insight to develop. The labyrinth is often referred to as an archetype, a universal pattern that engenders healing and transformation. The walk can be a metaphor for your personal journey through life so whatever comes to you, irritates or delights you as you walk, will have some meaning to offer.

In today’s world walking the labyrinth is being used in many diverse settings, in hospitals, prisons, schools, churches and other sacred spaces. Amongst other things it is used to help people suffering from stress, trauma and feelings of alienation or depression. It is also being used increasingly in the business world as a creative and inspirational tool for change.

Perhaps if you looked at the labyrinth pictured above you might think of a maze but they are very different. A labyrinth has one winding pathway that takes you to the centre and back out again, a maze has dead ends and high sides. There are no dead ends in a labyrinth and it’s designed to help you find yourself rather than get you lost. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth you may want to walk quickly or slowly and you may need to pass someone else on the path. The centre of the labyrinth is sometimes called the rose and people often spend time there in quiet reflection before beginning the return journey. Just follow your intuitive sense with whatever feels right for you.

A labyrinth is an ancient pattern that has found expression through belief systems and religions all over the world emerging in different forms and cultures through time. They have been found on pottery and tiles that date back to 2000 BC. During the middle ages they were incorporated into churches and cathedrals symbolizing the idea of pilgrimage or sacred journey. The most famous of these is the stone labyrinth set into the nave at Chartres Cathedral in France.

If you are interested to know more about labyrinths or want to know where you can find them please contact me on 01625 574943 or elizabeth@e-c-therapy.com

   
     
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