A guide to using a finger labyrinth or walking labyrinth as a meditation tool.
- The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in many religious traditions in various forms around the world.
- They are a circuitous pattern with one path and circles signify unity and wholeness.
- A labyrinth differs from a maze in that they have one way into the centre and one way out, with no tricks or traps, just twists and turns.
- They are a meditation tool, e.g. a walking meditation and an opportunity to practice mindfulness of the breath and senses.
- Labyrinths can integrate both sides of the brain. Whilst the left brain is thinking about where you need to walk (or where your finger needs to go), the right brain is free to be creative and come up with new ideas or solutions to problems.
- Finger labyrinths were used in Cornwall, England more than five hundred years ago. Etched in slate, they were used by wise women to enter altered states of consciousness.
Benefits to Walking a Labyrinth
Walking a Labyrinth can help with:
- Allowing a state of stillness and receptivity where we can receive creative thoughts, answers to questions or insight on challenges.
- Settling restless energy and preparing for sleep.
- Feeling connected to nature and the earth.
- Developing a greater level of self-awareness, self-reflection and self-acceptance.
- Focus, concentration and clarity
- Thoughtfully responding instead of reacting and constructively channelling emotions.
- Connecting to your body and integrating the mind, body and spirit.
- Creating a sense of connection not only with your inner self but with those around you “on the same path”.
Three Stages to Walking a Labyrinth
- Entrance to the centre – set your intention.
- Centre – pause and let go of the intention.
- Centre to exit – connect to your intuition and allow any guidance, thoughts, images, words, ideas or solutions to come through.
Options for Labyrinth Meditations
- Mindful walking exercise – tuning into your body and the sensations of each movement.
- Use a favourite word, phrase or affirmation – repeat the mantra slowly as you “walk.”
- Recite a prayer or pray to your deity as you walk.
- Walk with a question, e.g. “what do I need to know right now?”
- Ask for insight or guidance on a problem you may be struggling with.
- Release something, e.g. an emotion, negative thought, your inner critic, grief.
- Reconnect with your body – explore sensations, emphasis movement, listen to messages of pain.
- Celebrate a milestone or benchmark, e.g. birthday, retirement, anniversary of something.
- Interpret a dream that you have had recently.
- Creative thought – come up with an idea or project you would like to work on or need help with.
- Break the cycle of repeated patterns or behaviour, e.g. perfectionism, job losses, toxic relationships, financial losses, bursts of anger.
- Seek your soul or life purpose – ask for images or symbols.
- Journal writing before or/and after.
Tips for Walking a Meditation
- Remove your shoes (if it is culturally appropriate to do so).
- There is no right or wrong way to walk.
- Allow one minute between walkers.
- Review the route before you entre so you know which way it goes.
- Walk at a natural pace.
- Let go of expectations.
- Open heart = open mind (allow any feelings to flow).
Download my Guide to Labyrinth Meditations which includes a Finger Labyrinth exercise.
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