WALKING THE LABYRINTH Gayla Mize Garden Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world for over 4,000 years. It is a metaphor for the journey of life and spirit. Though similar to a maze, the labyrinth has only one path, no wrong turns, and no dead ends. Walkers are led to the center and back out by the same path. You are invited to experience the mindfulness, insight, and peace that come from walking this beautiful and unique labyrinth.
There are no rules for how to walk the labyrinth, but some guidelines can enhance the meditative experience for you and other walkers. Please enter and leave the labyrinth at the north entrance.
*Clear your mind and become aware of your breathing *In silence, follow the pace your body wants to go *The path is a two-way street; you may meet other people. Feel free to move around others or let others move around you *When you reach the center, take time for reflection, illumination, or meditation *If others are beginning the walk, allow 30-60 seconds before you start *Parents are expected to supervise their children, especially if others are walking Generally there are three stages of walking the labyrinth:
Releasing, letting go of details, distractions, burdens, as you walk toward the center, letting the path quiet your mind
Receiving, in the center, a place of peace and meditation. Sitting or standing, stay there as long as you like
Returning, strengthened, taking back into the world that which you have received
Walking the labyrinth often puts people in harmony with themselves and their surroundings. May your journey through the labyrinth be a meaningful one. Experience your experience.
-A collaborative project by Luke Stanley for Eagle Scout recognition, SFASU Gardens, volunteers, and Nacogdoches businesses. March, 2017