meditation labyrinth

A labyrinth is used for walking meditation. It is a single winding path from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center. Labyrinths are used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, calm anxieties, recover balance in life, enhance creativity and encourage meditation, insight, self-reflection and stress reduction. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind and spirit.  

The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. Labyrinths are uni-cursal: one walks the same path going in and coming out. The path is in full view so there is no concern that you will get lost by walking. Instead, as you walk the path you can get lost in thought and, in doing so, find yourself.

How should I use it?

There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth; do what is right and natural for you while being respectful of others walking. Allow yourself to go the pace your body wants. Try to clear your mind and be open to thoughts and feelings. Children often enjoy the labyrinth and we ask that young children are supervised so all may enjoy the meditative aspects of the walk.

To prepare, you may want to sit quietly to reflect before beginning your walk. Some people come with questions, others just want to take time out from our overly connected and busy world. As you walk towards the center, take time to quiet your mind and release your troubles. Become aware of your breathing. Relax and move at your own pace. The center is a place of reflection; pause and stay as long as you like. When you are ready, begin walking out the same path you followed in. Experience the sense of well-being, healing, calm or peace.  

Each labyrinth experience is different. You may feel nothing, or unexpected emotions and memories may surface. Regardless, listen to your body and take the time you need. If you are excessively troubled by things that have surfaced, consider following up on your labyrinth walk with counseling.  

The meditation labyrinth is located between Old Digman and Old Champlain halls in the Dickinson Community.

map of labyrinth location