How Do You Walk a Labyrinth?
The most important guideline is that there is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. These are only suggestions.
To prepare, you may want to sit quietly and reflect before walking. Some people come with a question, others just to slow down and take time out from a busy life. Some come to find strength, or to find comfort in times of grief or loss. Children (and adults too) may walk, dance or run for pure joy in the present moment.
You may want to reflect on a challenging or comforting scripture passage or verse; or walk and pray the Lord's Prayer. The important thing is to experience your experience; anything that happens on the labyrinth can be a metaphor for your life. Sometimes a walk is relaxing and that is all; sometimes you may be filled with peace or an insight. It is different for each person and each walk.
The same path is used to enter and exit the labyrinth. Try to breathe deeply, become aware of your body, and find the pace your body wants to go. Use the labyrinth in any way that meets your needs. You may go directly to the center to sit quietly, you may stay in the center to meditate and pray, you may stand, kneel or sit, you may walk slowly, stretch or even skip at any time!
Generally there are three stages to the walk:
1) releasing on the way in,
2) receiving in the center and
3) returning when you follow the return path back out of the labyrinth.
Symbolically, and sometimes literally, you are taking back out into the world that which you have received.
Sometimes journaling or drawing after a walk is helpful to honor and record your insights and experiences.