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Walking the Labyrinth

Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has only one path and there are no dead ends. The labyrinth is an interactive opportunity for developing our spiritual journey. As part of our ongoing focus on Prayer during this academic year, Revs Richard and Julie, from St Paul’s Church in Wokingham, showed us how to ‘walk the labyrinth’.

 

A labyrinth can take us, the journey-makers, on a symbolic journey by creating the space to unwind and think – in particular, about our relationships with ourselves, one another, our wider world and with God.

Fr Richard explained to us how the entrance to the labyrinth can be a place to stop, reflect, pray or form an intention for the spiritual walk that we are able to undertake.

Rev Julie helped us to understand how to walk the labyrinth at own pace, as an aid to contemplative prayer and reflection, as a spiritual exercise, or as a form of pilgrimage: relax, respect, rhythm, rest, receive, return & reflect.

While one group walked the labyrinth, other groups were engaged in creating a labyrinth design and working out how the path of the labyrinth twists and turns back on itself many times before reaching the centre, in the same way that life itself has its different twists and turns.

People from many cultures, faiths and traditions have, for millennia, used the labyrinth as a symbol of their search for meaning and guidance.

Now, we are very interested in finding a space in our grounds to make a labyrinth.




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