Labyrinths use an ancient design as a walking path to inform and stimulate the spiritual life of those who take the time and make the journey of walking the labyrinth as a spiritual exercise. St. Thomas is blessed to have one of the finest outdoor labyrinths in the Northeast, and we look forward to sharing it with our members and with visitors to our church and campus. We invite you to walk our Labyrinth at any time!
Suggested Guidelines for Walking the Labyrinth
Generally, there are three stages to the walk: releasing on the way in, receiving in the center and returning when you follow the path back out of the center of the labyrinth. Symbolically, and sometimes actually, you are taking back out into the world that which you have received.
There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Use the labyrinth in any way that meets you needs while being respectful of others who may be walking on the path. You will often meet others walking the path in the opposite direction. Simply step around them. Walk at your own pace; you may even pass others who may be in front of you.
To prepare for walking, you may want to sit quietly to reflect before stepping onto the labyrinth. Some people come with questions, others just to slow down and take time out from a busy life. Some come to find strength to take the next step. Many come during times of grief and loss.
Children enjoy the labyrinth and we welcome them. We ask that parents supervise their young children when others are present so all may enjoy the meditative aspects of the walk. Children usually walk with joy and enthusiasm. It is perfectly acceptable for them to run along the path, while being respectful of others on the path.