The labyrinth is a mindful walking meditation, its circuitous one-way path into its centre and one way path out stimulates psychological and spiritual transformation. It has long been revered for its ability to captivate and hold space for those walking it. In a world where life is constantly on the go, the labyrinth offers a place to journey within, gain clarity and nurture inner peace.

The genesis of the Labyrinth is unknown, they are dated back over four thousand years and can be seen all over the world. One of the most famous is the Chartres Labyrinth which is laid in stone in the Chartres Cathedral. Although Labyrinths come in various shapes, what they all have in common is one way in and one way out. In current day many Labyrinths have been purpose built to have one way in and another to exit. This was so that people did not have to pass each other on their way in/out.

I use the Labyrinth as a path to meet the self. I have found its energy meets me even before I have begun my journey. Since I also create Labyrinths I also meet myself in the creating of them.

In most of my workshops, you will be met with the sacred energy of the Labyrinth and be offered the opportunity to walk one. I have a purpose-built portable textile Classical Labyrinth that I use. I also have a smaller one that is for chakra balancing.

Benefits of walking the Labyrinth: Here’s what they say.

Walking the Labyrinth quiets the mind, opens the heart and grounds the body … Some find answers to questions long asked, some find healing, creativity, a sense of wholeness … (www.veriditas.org)

Research conducted at the Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute by Dr. Herbert Benson has found that focused walking meditations are highly efficient at reducing anxiety and eliciting what Dr. Benson calls the ‘relaxation response’. This effect has significant long-term health benefits, including lower blood pressure and breathing rates, reduced incidents of chronic pain, reduction of insomnia, improved fertility, and many other benefits. Regular meditative practice leads to greater powers of concentration and a sense of control and efficiency in one’s life. Labyrinth walking is among the simplest forms of focused walking meditation, and the demonstrated health benefits have led hundreds of hospitals, health care facilities, and spas to install labyrinths in recent years. (www.labyrinthcompany.com)

People all over the world are discovering that the ancient practice of walking labyrinths not only solves problems, but also soothes the nerves, calms the soul, mends the heart, and heals the body.  It can help bring us into balance, giving us a sense of wholeness that is much needed for all of us whose lives ache with lopsided discomfort. Labyrinths offer the opportunity to walk in meditation to that place within us where the rational merges with the intuitive and the spiritual is reborn. Helen Curry, The Way of the Labyrinth (http://soulsong.abmp.com)

Walking the Labyrinth quiets the mind, opens the heart and grounds the body … Some find answers to questions long asked, some find healing, creativity, a sense of wholeness … (www.veriditas.org)

Research conducted at the Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute by Dr. Herbert Benson has found that focused walking meditations are highly efficient at reducing anxiety and eliciting what Dr. Benson calls the ‘relaxation response’. This effect has significant long-term health benefits, including lower blood pressure and breathing rates, reduced incidents of chronic pain, reduction of insomnia, improved fertility, and many other benefits. Regular meditative practice leads to greater powers of concentration and a sense of control and efficiency in one’s life. Labyrinth walking is among the simplest forms of focused walking meditation, and the demonstrated health benefits have led hundreds of hospitals, health care facilities, and spas to install labyrinths in recent years. (www.labyrinthcompany.com)

People all over the world are discovering that the ancient practice of walking labyrinths not only solves problems, but also soothes the nerves, calms the soul, mends the heart, and heals the body.  It can help bring us into balance, giving us a sense of wholeness that is much needed for all of us whose lives ache with lopsided discomfort. Labyrinths offer the opportunity to walk in meditation to that place within us where the rational merges with the intuitive and the spiritual is reborn. Helen Curry, The Way of the Labyrinth (http://soulsong.abmp.com)

 

Websites with awesome information and knowledge about Labyrinths. 

https://veriditas.org/ – As the world leader in training labyrinth facilitators, we are dedicated to transformational growth, not only for individuals, communities and globally…but for our own organization. 

https://labyrinthlocator.com/ – Launched in 2004, the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator has been designed to be an easy-to-use database of labyrinths around the world. Information about labyrinths you can visit, including their locations, pictures, and contact details, are accessible here, along with information about the many types of labyrinths found worldwide. 

www.relax4life.com – Relax4Life offers workshops to both CEU-seeking professionals as well as the general public looking for professional and/or personal enrichment and the companionship of like-minded others. 

https://labyrinthsociety.org/ – The Labyrinth Society, a U.S. nonprofit 501c3 organization, is an international group of labyrinth enthusiasts whose mission is to support all those who create, maintain, and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking, and opportunities to experience transformation. 

https://aln.org.au/ – The Australian labyrinth network inc. was created in early 2018, incorporated in Victoria as a not-for-profit association and registered with ASIC as a national organisation. Their vision is to meet and support people wherever they are on the path, to walk together creating the labyrinth as an integral part of the communities in which they live, learn, work, play and pray