Labyrinth Prayer

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The labyrinth isn’t a specific spiritual discipline, but it can enhance other spiritual disciplines, such as prayers, meditation, or centering. It allows you to “get lost”without actually losing your way.

To use this labyrinth, trace along the path with a pointed object (like a pen) without lifting. Go slowly, and don’t focus on the rest of the maze—just the path in front of you.

While traveling the labyrinth, you can pray, repeat a memorized scripture, meditate, or even sing a song.

Here’s a specific, centering way to practice: As you travel towards the center, release your burdens and worries to God. Once you reach the center, reverse direction and move outwards, asking how God can use you in the world.

If you’d like, you can also practice this spiritual discipline on a full-size labyrinth! St. Francis Episcopal Church in Temple has a labyrinth path you can walk, freely available to the public 24/7, located on the southwest side of their property.

If you don’t feel like traveling, you can also practice this discipline on any walking path. Walk slowly, and once you feel like you’ve traveled far enough, return the way you came.

(The labyrinth design in this booklet was first created in the Chartres Cathedral, built in France in the 13th century.)