Labyrinth is a Greek word that means path. A labyrinth has a single path that twists and turns leading to a center point. To exit, one walks back the way she came in. It’s different from a maze that is designed with dead-ends.
Walking a labyrinth can be seen as a metaphor for one’s life journey. Each time I walk a labyrinth, I find myself reflecting on my life and what needs my attention in the moment.
Today’s labyrinth walk was at The Mercy Center in Madison, CT and features ocean views. As you look at the photo above, imagine hearing the crashing waves and feeling the coastal breezes blowing your hair.
Breathe it in.
Shall we walk the labyrinth together?
There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth and that’s a good thing for I found myself finding it hard to stick to the path at this site. Even though I have drawn this style labyrinth many times and I’m familiar with the pattern, I found myself a bit off course.
It’s how I find my life these days, familiar with my daily routines yet feeling a bit off course. hmmm…
Along the path you’ll find unexpected things like this plant studded with many seeds. Let’s pause and take it in and consider the many seeds of possibilities in our own lives right now.
What possibilities are awaiting you?
Looking across the labyrinth you’ll see some of the paths but not the destination.
I can’t tell you how many times I have felt like I know where I want to head in my life but I’m not sure how I’ll get there. I stick to the path taking the next visible step.
Fortunately there are always allies on our journey, if we are open to receiving guidance and help. They may be friends, family, colleagues, or mentors. An ally may even show up in the form of ideas, wisdom, and guidance from a book. I have many paper mentors who have inspired my journey over the years including SARK, Wayne Dyer, and Mark Nepo to name a few.
With guidance and persistence, our path becomes clearer until…
We reach the center where we pause and tune into our hearts.
When you are ready, follow the path with its twists and turns to find your way out.
Find a labyrinth near you! Check out this World-wide Labyrinth Locator
Learn how to draw a labyrinth in my book, The Mandala Guidebook.
Visit the labyrinth at The Mercy Center in Madison, CT.
Mercy is a wonderful place, isn’t it. Lovely writing, Kathryn.
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AE Grasso Spatial Design Consultants
Thanks Ann! I saw your artwork on the way to the gift shop. Mercy is a lovely place.