The Labyrinth at Westminster

SpringSummer

We have created a walking labyrinth in the field next to the church.  The paths are cut into a stand of native grasses and wildflowers.  In August you walk among flowers that tower above you.  We share the labyrinth with rabbits, groundhogs, bees, and butterflies.  

 

 

 

 The labyrinth layout is an adapted Cretan form with four circuits.  The labyrinth was built from concentric circles, using a technique from the website Math Recreation

 

Walking a labyrinth is an opportunity for prayer and meditation.  Here are three suggestions for walking the labyrinth at Westminster.  

 

Meditate on Faith

As you walk the labyrinth, you may seem to be heading in the direction you want, but suddenly the path changes.  Remember that the labyrinth is not a maze:  There are no wrong turns.  If you keep walking, you will reach the center.  

At the center of the labyrinth, reflect on where God may be leading you in your life. 

As you leave the labyrinth, carry with you a sense of trust in your direction.    

 

Meditate on Redemption

As you enter the labyrinth, pause at each turn and reflect on something that is worrying you.

When you reach the center, offer all these troubles to God.  Reflect for a moment in stillness. 

As you leave the labyrinth, pause at each turn and give thanks for something good in your life.   Consider that the same path holds both our troubles and our gratitude. 

 

Meditate on Incarnation

As you walk the first circuit of the labyrinth, pay attention to your steps.  Walk slowly, setting one foot down before raising the other.  Feel how you are connected to the earth. 

As you walk the second circuit of the labyrinth, pay attention to your breath.  Notice each breath as it comes in and out, bringing you life.   

As you walk the third circuit of the labyrinth, notice the feel of the breeze or the sun on your skin. 

As you walk the final circuit of the labyrinth, listen for your own heartbeat. 

When you reach the center of the labyrinth, kneel down, feel the grass, and give thanks for the way God comes to us through our senses.