Saturday, May 7, 2016

World Labyrinth Walk Day

"A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools."

Today is Saturday and World Labyrinth Walk Day - the ideal time for me to break away for a couple of hours and learn about the origins of labyrinth walks, find out where some are located in Houston and experience first-hand their spiritual powers. 

So, I joined a small group this afternoon at the Bishop John E. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer to participate in one of Sarah Gish's First Saturday Labyrinth Walks. 

Gish, who has been leading labyrinth walks in Houston since 2003, started the session by giving us specific information about the Hines Center and its indoor labyrinths walk. She also told us about the types of labyrinths and where others are located in Houston.

Sarah then shared an inspired reading that took us all to that sacred place within ourselves. Afterwards, in silence, she led the way through the labyrinth walk just steps away.

She had told us to enter the labyrinth when we were ready, leaving space between ourself and the person walking ahead. She said to walk at our own pace, telling us some might complete the walk in 15 minutes; for others, the walk might take be much longer. The word, "intention," was mentioned - and how it had a lot to do with how we approach all things in our lives.

She told us some people walk along the circling path with hands down by their sides; others put their hans together, as they would in prayer. Still others, she said, might be seen with their arms outstretched.

All of the labyrinth walking options she mentioned were evident this afternoon. Each of us seemed to approach this exercise in meditation with serious intention and being true to her own rhyme and reason. 

For me, the labyrinth walk was a very special experience - one I plan to repeat from time to time. Today, I learned there are dozens of labyrinths in Houston; most of them are located on the grounds of local churches. I am eager - very eager - to find them all.

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