Have you ever walked a Labyrinth? It’s a fun way to let go of your troubles, and open yourself up to receive new direction in life.
Labyrinths have been in use for over 4,000 years. Their basic design is fundamental to nature and many cultures and religious traditions. Walking a labyrinth is a meditative practice that clears the mind, gives insight and calms people during life’s transitions.
A Labyrinth is not to be confused with a maze because there are no tricks and no dead ends. A Labyrinth has a single path that winds into the center. The path you take in is the path you take out. It’s in full view, which allows you to be quiet and focus internally.
Turn Off Your Analytical Mind. Open Yourself Up To Receive.
According to Tina Proctor, a Certified Labyrinth Facilitator in Denver, Colorado: “Something magical happens when you brain realizes that you are on a path where you cannot get lost. Walking a Labyrinth requires no thinking, no choices, no crossroads — there’s just one single, non-branching path, which leads to the center.”
“Your whole analytical mind just lets go,” she adds. “Since your left brain has let go you are in a much better place for receiving. Your right brain can be more creative since the chatter is quieted.”
There are three stages to walking a Labyrinth meditation:
- Release (on the way in): On your way in you might release the things that are bothering you. You might ask for aches and pains, or other things that are disturbing you to be released. Or you might ask a question, and be open to receiving an answer.
- Receive (at the center) When you’re at the Center, you take the time to receive. It ranges from simple, quiet, and peaceful — to an answer to a problem, or a decision you have to make, or a creative thought. Just be open.
- Return (on your way out): On your way out you integrate whatever you’ve received, and you continue to receive. Allowing yourself to listen to your intuition is the most important thing. You slow down your steps and your heartbeat. Often when you leave you take the experience with you and continue to receive.
The Labyrinth Society invites you to ‘Walk as One at 1” to celebrate the sixth annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD) on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014! If you feel like participating you can use this labyrinth locator to find a labyrinth near you.
People all around the world will be participating sending a wave of peaceful energy all around the world.
Let us know if you participate. Or if you feel the peaceful energy!
Many thanks to my awesome Aunt Tina Proctor, a Certified Labyrinth Facilitator in Denver, Colorado, who turned me on to the benefits of Labyrinths and helped me write this post. Love you, Tina!