THE LABYRINTH

The labyrinth is open daily to the public and is accessible by wheelchair.

History

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol of wholeness and a metaphor for life’s journey. While labyrinths date back more than 4000 years, the medieval labyrinth dates to the Middle Ages when medieval pilgrims, unable to fulfill their desire to make pilgrimage to Jerusalem, went instead to many pilgrimage sites throughout Europe. They often convened at a labyrinth formed of stone in the floor of a Gothic cathedral. Within the safety of the cathedral, they would walk the labyrinth, symbolic of their life’s journey to the divine.

Spirituality of the Labyrinth

Life is full of twists and turns. Life’s journey is rarely one straight path directed toward a single goal. Unexpected events can take us in directions that may surprise and even stress us. Learning to respond to life's unexpected events with grace and resilience is the work of spirituality. Walking mindfully through the labyrinth, we become aware that each step is an opportunity to practice peace. So often in life, we walk in order to get somewhere else or accomplish a task. In the labyrinth we walk in order to walk. We no longer walk to get there; we walk to arrive here in the now. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path leading from its entrance to its center and back out, albeit by a winding route. As we walk with deep care and attention, we practice trusting that we are always being guided safely to our home in this moment.

At the Center

At the center of the labyrinth is a circular sculpture created by master stonemason Dan Sieracki. The circle is an ancient symbol of wholeness and the fullness of life to which each of us are called. Nearly every spiritual tradition throughout the ages has found in the circle a hopeful expression of the healing and completeness that is our deepest spiritual identity. This empty circle at the labyrinth’s center reminds us that in emptying ourselves of illusion we can know ourselves as full of compassion, love, and peace.

 

In the Spotlight

Loving Life:
A Mindful Approach to Happiness,
Health, and Love Within

Maria Sirois
June 2–4, 2017


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