Walking a labyrinth is a tool for meditation and problem solving. One foot in front of the next in an ever bending path. It is hard to explain but it helps you focus, helps you find the answers within you.
When I explored my first labyrinth, I started with making photos of it. Someone from the church came out, took a look at me and said: “Oh, you are admiring it!” “Yes,” I replied “and I’m gonna walk it too!”
It is both the beauty of the shape as well as a humble, meditative experience. I love that there are so many different labyrinth around, ones with a grassy path, concrete, sand or brick. The labyrinth locator web site can help find one near you.
The Modern Labyrinth Movement was founded at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Here are two labyrinths, one inside, one outside, with interesting programs like: yoga in the labyrinth, and candlelit walks.
A copy of the Grace Cathedral labyrinth, which is itself a replica of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in Chartres, France, can be found outside of the Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto.
So, how do you walk a labyrinth?
There are many ways to walk a labyrinth. Will it be a playful, spiritual, or meditative journey?
For example: Take a few deep breaths, enter with a question. The first step in sets the pace for your walk. When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like; listen intuitively for the answer to your question, then walk out again.
Have you ever walked a labyrinth?
Here are a few labyrinths in Silicon Valley:
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 East Charleston Rd.
Grace Lutheran Church
3149 Waverley St
First Congregational Church
1985 Louis Rd.
St John’s Lutheran Church
581-583 E. Fremont
St Thomas’ Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Avenue