Walking the Labyrinth

We can consciously seek the experience of holy transformation by placing ourselves intentionally in the presence of God and seeking the work of transforming grace. We do this particularly in our life of prayer and reading of scripture – whether by way of meditation, lectio divina, intercession or receiving of the sacraments.

Another way of such transforming encounter with God is through the labyrinth, which is a spiritual tool we use occasionally in the parish. For a labyrinth – whether laid on the ground to be walked, or simply drawn on a piece of paper to be traced with a finger – is a potent metaphor for the journey of life, and of the journey of the soul to God.

In a labyrinth there is only one way in and one way out – just as for the disciples in the Transfiguration story there was only one way up the mountain and one way back down again. Only one choice is demanded – to walk or not to walk. Once on the path the simple, repetitive act of walking, one foot in front of the other, stills the chatter of the mind and focusses the attention. The twists and turns of the path mimic the ups and downs of life, its joys and sorrows, its longings and denials. It is a place for encountering our depths and allowing them to be touched and healed by God. It is a place where the desire to remain – especially in the still centre – can be profound, like Peter’s desire to remain on the mountain top. Yet the path always takes us out again – out into the world; out into the rest of life where our transfigured souls continue on their journey.

For more information about forthcoming labyrinth walks and workshops, please contact the Revd. Penny Jones via the parish office or download the brochure here.

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