Spirituality Center Offers Prayer Labyrinth
Join us on Wednesday, February 22 in Miller Hall at 6:45pm (after dinner) for the dedication of our new Labyrinth! All welcome!
What is a Labyrinth? A Labyrinth is the ancient practice of "Circling to the Center" by walking the path. Come and see how this ancient meditation tool of prayer guides us as we become "spiritual beings on a human path, not simply human beings on a spiritual path." The Labyrinth will be set up and available in Miller Hall every Wednesday during Lent (beginning March 1, 2017) and every day of Holy Week (April 10-14, 2017).
If You Haven’t Experienced A Labyrinth Before…
By Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion
The Labyrinth is easy to use. Here’s all you need to know:
There is just one path that leads to and from the center in a labyrinth. You cross the threshold, follow the path in to the center, enjoy your experience there for as long as you like, and take the same path back out across the threshold.
Feel free to walk around other people if their pace is different, or if they stop. It’s okay for other people to move around you. If you feel “tippy” or dizzy, it may be helpful to slow down, speed up, or focus on a point in the distance. The path can be a two-way street. Do what comes naturally when you meet someone else.
Take advantage of this opportunity to pray with your whole body. Move in the ways that you would like. Other people are busy with their own labyrinth experiences, so have yours! Take advantage of the opportunity to move.
You can’t get lost on a labyrinth, this is not a maze. If you get turned around you will either end up at the threshold or the center. From there you can decide to continue or end your experience.
Use the labyrinth to explore your experience of prayer. Honor the silence of the setting, not only for other’s sake but also for the sake of letting silence happen within yourself. If an emotion wells up in your prayer, don’t just brush past it out of self-consciousness or alarm. Slow down and ponder what has come up, whether joyful or sorrowful. In fact, you may wish to come to a halt – just let others pass you – and listen to your depths. That is the beginning of hearing God’s voice to you.
Pray the labyrinth the way you pray most naturally. Some people find it meaningful to pray for others on the way in and themselves on the way out. Others ask a question of God before beginning. Some prefer to pray, “Thy will be done,” and then to flow with the thoughts and feelings that come. Still others like to have a running conversation with God as they walk. If you prefer to just be open in God’s presence, then that’s the way for you to proceed!
Prayer experiences are seldom “done” when one leaves the pattern or after a final “amen.” You may wish to journal, walk around the labyrinth, use art supplies, or sit quietly to let what has begun to grow. You may not become aware of all the meanings of your labyrinth encounter for hours, days or even months!
Relax. People of faith have been walking this prayer path for centuries. Now it is your turn.
©The Rev. Jill K. H. Geoffrion, Ph.D. adapted and used by permission from website: http://jillgeoffrion.com/ .