Westminster's Indoor Labyrinth...
a Tool for Prayer and Meditation
"The labyrinth provides the sacred space where the inner and outer worlds can commune, where the thinking mind and the imaginative heart can flow together." - Lauren Artress
The labyrinth is one of the oldest tools for prayer and meditation known to humankind. It has been used for over 5,000 years for prayer, ritual and personal spiritual growth. Labyrinths are found in many spiritual traditions and cultures throughout the world. The ancients knew the circle to be a sacred symbol of harmony, wholeness, integrity and grace.
A labyrinth is:
- A winding path that leads to a central space and then out again by the same path.
- A tool of spiritual growth, healing and transformation of heart, body, mind, and spirit.
- A deeply healing container where we can touch our joys and sorrows.
- A form of body prayer, keeping it from being just theoretical or mental. Saint Augustine is quoted as having said, “it is solved by walking.” Walking the labyrinth is a stress reducer and balance restorer.
Westminster’s labyrinth is a Chartres Labyrinth, named after the pattern set into the floor of the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France in the late 12th/early 13th centuries. Labyrinths were built in cathedrals for the purpose of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages in Europe when the practice of making a journey on foot to Jerusalem was no longer possible due to wars in the holy land. Today labyrinths are being reclaimed world wide as a tool for growth and deepening on the spiritual journey.
Our indoor labyrinth is available for walking the first Tuesday of every month, from noon to 7:00 p.m. Come and experience a time of quiet reflection and prayer in an atmosphere of candlelight and music as you walk the labyrinth at your own pace. Instructional pamphlets to enrich your experience are available, as well as a labyrinth guardian to answer your questions and set you on your path. All are welcome!
To learn more about the Labyrinth, link to Worldwide Labyrinth Locator: http://labyrinthlocator.com