Labyrinth Walking as a Meditative Practice

Walk a labyrinth to cultivate a sense of inner stillness and peace.

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For centuries, people have gained clarity of the mind and tapped into inner wisdom through labyrinth walking as a meditative practice. These labyrinths can be circle-shaped pathways or intricate patterns that lead you to a center space, according to WebMD, but there is only one opening and one ending so you cannot get lost in the middle.

The concept of labyrinth walking involves taking the time to calmly and intentionally walk around the path of a labyrinth. Engaging in this practice can cultivate a sense of stillness and inner peace that helps you better understand yourself and the world around you.

Benefits of Labyrinth Walking
There are numerous benefits to be gained from labyrinth walking as a meditative practice. According to mindbodygreen, physically, it provides an opportunity for gentle exercise that can improve posture and balance. 

Emotionally, labyrinth walking can reduce stress and promote calm. Mentally, it encourages mindfulness and can help to reduce rumination and obsessive thoughts. 

Finally, spiritually, it can provide an opportunity for self-reflection and insight on your life. It allows you to step away from your regular life. It invites you to take some time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment or expectations. This can open up new insights, allowing you to gain clarity on your goals, desires, and life purpose.

Preparing for labyrinth walking

Before setting off on a labyrinth walk, it is essential to take some time to prepare both mentally and physically. To begin, you should set an intention for the walk, according to the Labyrinth Society.

Whether it’s seeking clarity on an issue or simply taking time out from daily life to reconnect with oneself, make your intentions clear. Choosing a labyrinth that resonates with your personal goals or desired outcomes from the experience is also important. Consider factors such as size, location (indoor or outdoor), design (classical or contemporary), and any associated spiritual or cultural significance when selecting a labyrinth that is right for you.

Performing labyrinth walking
Once you have chosen your labyrinth and set your intention, it’s time to start walking!  Begin by engaging your senses, the website Totally Meditation recommends. Take in your surroundings with curiosity and appreciation, notice any smells or sounds that may be present, and feel the ground beneath your feet as you move around the path.

As you walk, focus on staying in the present moment rather than getting caught up in worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. Use breathing techniques or repeating mantras to focus on the here and now. As you reach the center, stay here for as long as you wish.

Don’t feel pressure to reach any particular outcome from the experience;  just allow it to unfold naturally without needing to control or direct it in any way.

Reflection and integration
After walking around the labyrinth, you should exit by walking out, according to Veriditas. This is the time for reflection and integration. Get in touch with a sense of well-being, healing, excitement, calm, or peace. Each labyrinth experience is unique.

Consider what you have learned or gained from the experience. What insights or realizations have you gained? How does this relate to life off the path? What do you need to do differently in order to integrate these new understandings into your everyday life?

Allow yourself space to connect with any deeper thoughts or emotions that may have come up while walking. Use this opportunity to explore your inner landscape and find out what you discovered about yourself? How can you use this information moving forward?

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