When hearing the word labyrinth, many people imagine an elaborate maze filled with confusing twists and turns. Some think about a path that’s outlined by tall, well-manicured green shrubs that prevent visibility. And yet, labyrinths aren’t mazes at all. In fact, they’re just the opposite. There’s only one path to follow, and it leads in and out of a center area.
Labyrinths have been used for hundreds of years as a spiritual practice. In the Middle Ages, it was difficult for people in other parts of the world to make the long pilgrimage to Jerusalem, so cathedrals began adding their own specially-designed labyrinth into their cathedral floors. These labyrinths served as a way for pilgrims to “walk” the sacred journey to the Holy Land—only closer to home. One of the most well known labyrinths is at the Chartres Cathedral in France; its pattern has been replicated and printed on durable canvases that are laid out on floors for walking in various locations around the world—from churches, hospitals, retreat centers and more.
Many people find comfort during their labyrinth walks, and the experience can be long lasting and nourishing. Labyrinths help connect us with our inner sanctuary—together with the Holy One—each step of the way. Consider taking the journey for renewal and nourishment. Your pilgrimage awaits.
Find a labyrinth close to you, or anywhere in the world, by visiting this labyrinth locator.
A labyrinth movement, called, Veriditas, has plenty of information on its website.
Consider books, like Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Sacred Tool (Lauren Artress); The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Lauren Artress); and Praying the Labyrinth (Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion).
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