• Sandy Reynolds

How to walk a labyrinth

About ten years ago I moved to a house that was a few blocks away from a labyrinth. Although I had previous experience with labyrinths, living in close proximity to one allowed me to cultivate and deepen my practice. Labyrinth walking is now one of my favourite rituals and one that I do regularly and with intentionality. 


One of my favourite labyrinth experiences was walking one with my daughter when she was 9 months pregnant. Both of us were undertaking a major transition in our lives. My daugher was about to become a mother. I was about to enter in the stage of being a grandmother. Her daughter was born two days after this picture. Some say that the shape of the labyrinth reflects the womb and that walking it can be an experience of rebirth. 


Yesterday, I visited a favourite labyrinth. It is out in the country, surrounded by trees. I went as a party of my birthday week celebration. During this walk I expressed gratitude for the past year and reflected on what I desire for the coming year. It was a very meaningful experience for me.

A labyrinth is a circuitous path that can be used as a form or prayer or meditation. You can find them indoors or outdoors and made of a variety of materials. When I travel I often seek out labyrinths to walk. You can find a link to world wide labyrinth locator website here.  


Some of the ways to use a labyrinth walk are for:

prayer

stress reduction

meditation

marking milestones in your life

faith rituals

celebrations

decision making


If you have never walked a labyrinth, relax - you can't do it wrong. There is no magical way to walk a labyrinth. One of the benefits of walking these paths is that as you meander in and out you are engaging both the left and right hemispheres of your brain in a very unique way. The rhythm of walking the clockwise and counter-clockwise direction of the labyrinth provides comfort and peace.