The labyrinth is used as a form of walking meditation or prayer that by it's very nature is said to balance the brain's hemisphere's and can be extremely healing to the body, mind and spirit. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth does not have dead ends. They usually have one way in and one way out, though there are double entry labyrinths. I was introduced to labyrinth walking several years ago when I had the fortune of participating in a women's group at the local Unitarian Universalist Church and I've been hooked ever since.
enter a labyrinth. With its conscious use answers
to questions begin to appear. Spiritual awareness
and clarity of purpose meet you at it's center.
There are labyrinths all over the world waiting for you to
experience their peaceful centering energy. But if you're not fortunate to live with one close by, why not make one for yourself?
I plan to make a permanent one in my yard but until I get the
supplies I decided to make a portable one. We made this
classic 3 circuit labyrinth for about $50 and I'm thrilled with the results!
- Painter's tape (3/4 to 1 inch width)
- A large canvas drop cloth (mine is 9x12)
- Paint brushes and a paint container
- Paint -using a combination of acrylic canvas paint and wall paint we had leftover, we had about 24 oz. of acrylic and a little under half a gallon of contrasting paint (you can easily omit the half gallon or check your hardware store for 'oops' paints which are usually at a discounted price)
- A warm, sunny day and a large flat area to lay out your canvas
- An extra set of hands
Next draw a 'seed pattern' to know which line connects where. We did this on paper so we would know exactly what we needed to do on the canvas.
the canvas but discovered we would run out of space so I
recommend starting at about 12 inches from the bottom edge
of the drop cloth. I stood on the cloth feet shoulder with apart as
we placed each of the corners.
the day is warm and sunny the center will be dry once the outside lines are done.
- Sing a song or play music (Steven Halpern's music feels especially appropriate)
- Chant, repeat a mantra (any music by Deva Premal is wonderful)
- Recite a prayer or litany
- Repeat an affirmation
- Walk fast, slow or in between
- Walk with a specific intention (clarity, receiving guidance, etc) or none at all
- Visualize the turns as a physical part of your body that needs the healing walk
I encourage you to make or seek out a labyrinth and participate
in the World Labyrinth Day walk on May 4. Each step we take
within a labyrinth brings us closer to the change we wish to see
in the world.