Walking Meditation on the Labyrinth

As we celebrate Earth Day I am focusing on my very favorite walking meditation and planning to return to the labyrinth.

Saturday, May 4th will be World Labyrinth Day. Many of you may have walked the lovely labyrinth with me in St. Helena, California at Grace Episcopal Church or at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

If you are unfamiliar with the Labyrinth, you can visit:

www.veriditas.org for more information. And/or check out Walking the Sacred Path by Dr. Lauren Artress, the grandmother of the modern day labyrinth.

When Lauren Artress first arrived at Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France in 1992 with a few friends, the labyrinth laid in the floor was covered with chairs and had not been utilized for quite some time. Perhaps it was once a pilgrimage practice…

“We are drawn to the labyrinth because it replenishes our imaginations and restores our natural rhythms. The literal path becomes the symbolic path leading us through life.”

I love to walk the labyrinth because it slows me down!

Even when I’m sitting at home with my cedar finger labyrinth on my lap, I am able to center myself in the present moment while my fingers trace the pattern of the labyrinth in the wood as I meditate.

“A labyrinth is a pattern, usually in the form of a large circle, that has one path,

beginning at the outer edge and leading in a circuitous way into the center.”

Ways You Might Enjoy a Labyrinth Walk

* Ask a question and then walk and listen for the answers

* Walk a dream – allow your intuition to guide you

* Explore an image – holding it gently like a butterfly

* Repeat a prayer or mantra as you walk – gently return again

* Set an intention – be open to what you need

* Renew creative resources – allow inspiration to arise

´╗┐May you walk gently upon the Earth and receive her blessings.

Much love, Becca