“It is solved by walking”
All Photos Credit: sarahparah
“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
~ Steven Wright
In the immortal words of Monty Python, “And now for something completely different…” Today I bring a guest blogger to Revelations On The Path!
Sarah Emery Bunn is an amazingly loving, giving person who loves labyrinths. In fact, she loves them so much she even spray painted one on her front lawn inviting all to come and experience the meditative stillness a labyrinth walk can bring.
So without further ado, I bring you the spiritual wisdom of my beloved friend, Sarah:
For many people, a labyrinth is synonymous with a maze, but there is a distinction between the two: a maze refers to a complex branching puzzle with choices of path and direction; while a labyrinth has only a single, non-branching path, which leads to a center. A labyrinth has an unambiguous route to the center and back out again, and is not designed to be difficult to navigate.
Labyrinths are used to help achieve a contemplative state. The labyrinth has only one path. There are no tricks and no dead ends. You cannot get lost. Walking the divine geometry of the turnings, one foot in front of the other with no conscious thought or direction required to get you where you are going, one loses track of the outside world, and thus quiets the mind.
Walk it with an open mind and an open heart. Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath and steps. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. Be patient.
Three Stages of the Walk
Releasing ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. Simply put one foot in front of the other and trust the labyrinth’s path will get you where you need to go.
Receiving ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation or prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
Returning ~ As you leave the center of the labyrinth, following the same path as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is bringing the message received back out with you, integrating the insights you have received into your outer life.
You can find a labyrinth near you by checking the handy World Wide Labyrinth Locator website.
Walking a labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey we make within to the center of our deepest and most knowing self – and then back out into the world, where we return to our daily life with a better insight into who we are and what we have to offer.
Sarah has been a massage therapist since 2010 and has recently become a Reiki practitioner. Her massage and reiki practice, Bliss Mission Massage of Pasadena, provides service to those in need of the healing power of touch who may not have access to it due to financial or other hardship. Current clients include residents of addiction recovery facilities, local homeless support organizations, and senior citizen groups.
Sarah has been walking labyrinths all over the world since 2007, and makes a point of finding new paths to walk on all her travels. You can view a gallery of photos of the labyrinths she has visited here.