The Purpose Of A Labyrinth

What is a Labyrinth?

A Labyrinth is a path of stress reduction and relaxation, usually of a circular, curved pattern.

You may walk the Labyrinth starting at the outside entrance. After you have entered, you may continue to walk along at your own pace toward the center.

The purpose of the Labyrinth is for a walking meditation or spiritual practice. It is a path of healing.

There is no specific origin of Labyrinths, although many sources state they are derived from Greek Mythology. Nevertheless, there have been found many ancient patterns all over the world.

There are no wrong turns on a Labyrinth. Despite its maze-like appearance, it is a continuous path. In a maze you may lose your way; in a Labyrinth, you find your way. You will arrive at your goal in life. It truly is a beautiful journey.

There are so many breath taking Labyrinths all over the world today. I was fortunate to walk one in Yoyogi Park in Japan in 2010. It was such an amazing experience.

In addition, I learned of and walked the Labyrinth many times at the State University of New York at Potsdam prior to my graduation. Mostly it was a tarp thrown down in the court yard grass as the permanent one was being built at the Counseling Center. The build of the Labyrinth at SUNY Potsdam primarily started as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Counseling Center recognized the need for healing and decided a Labyrinth was needed on campus. I’m Potsdam Proud to say that I helped lay the tiles! As an internship for self and community,  I assisted with planning and building the permanent Labyrinth at SUNY Potsdam! How exciting and memorable!

I will forever be excited when I walk a Labyrinth! It’s such a peaceful and amazing journey!

I hope you get the pleasure of walking to your destiny on the Labyrinth!


 

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