There are many ways to describe a labyrinth. It is a path of prayer, a walking meditation, a crucible of change, a watering hole for the spirit and a mirror of the soul.
Unity’s seven-circuit Chartres-style labyrinth, designed and built as a labor of love by the Unity community, was dedicated in June of 2020. Visitors are welcome to walk the labyrinth at any time. Group ceremonies and prayer vigils are often held on the labyrinth as well.
A leading force behind the modern labyrinth movement, Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, defines the labyrinth this way:
The labyrinth is a spiritual tool that has many applications in various settings. It reduces stress, quiets the mind and opens the heart. It is a walking meditation, a path of prayer, and a blue-print where psyche meets Spirit.
How do you walk the labyrinth?
One pathway and three phases characterize a labyrinth walk. You may wish to hold an intention or question in your heart as you enter. Following the circuitous path to the center is the phase of release, letting go of outer concerns. At the center, take time to be still and receive. Walking the same path outward, allows time to integrate the experience and any insights.
What I especially love about labyrinths is the meditative process and insights are literally being incorporated into the body as you walk it.