WELL BEING: Labyrinth Walking

10 Aug

Summer Solstice Labyrinth from tumblr

Have you ever walked a labyrinth?

Labyrinths can be found all over the world; in churches, relaxation gardens and sacred spaces everywhere.  In fact, there are over 600 labyrinths in the US alone and several here in East Texas.

I have had the great honor of walking labyrinths in Galveston and Austin, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as well as in New Mexico, Florida, Arizona and Colorado.

Used as artistic expression and full-sized walking paths, labyrinths date back to images on Cretan coins in 430 BC and later in the art of the Roman times as well as landscapes popular during the Renaissance all over Europe.

In colloquial English, labyrinth is generally synonymous with maze, but in truth, labyrinths are a single path leading in as the same path leads out, without you ever having to guess at direction.  Simply moving forward.

Labyrinth walking is one of those rare practices which encompasses all four pillars of the life experience; physical, mental, spiritual and emotional.

Walking, in general, is a physical expression.  Moving in a direct path to the center and out again, is a mental out working of slowing down the high-stress rapid-fire thoughts you may get  locked into.  From the start, your movements slow down and you release emotions, de-stressing and de-cluttering anxiety.  Pausing in the center and walking the same path out is a spiritual moving-meditation, as you become more acquainted with your best path in life, your current purpose may reveal itself.

You may discover your favorite labyrinth is an ornate marble path in a great monastery, a simple grass way separated by winding rows of wildflowers, or a circle on the beach lined with local stones and seashells.

One thing is certain, for centuries, labyrinths have provided the space for meditation, prayer, and self-reflection.  Now is your chance to embrace this sacred walk as a tool to delete stress, discover secrets within, or as prayer-in-motion.  Enjoy.. and share a photo along with your labyrinth story at http://www.lynnvannoy.com or lynnvannoy@gmail.com.

2 Responses to “WELL BEING: Labyrinth Walking”

  1. Mark Cathcart August 11, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Lynn, I’m sure you know, but FYI there is a good list of Central Texas labrynths here http://www.goodhealth.com/articles/2006/10/25/public_labyrinths_of_central_texas

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