Reconnecting with the Spirit – Walking the Labyrinth
“It is solved by walking.” – St. Augustine
On a sunny Saturday morning in September, twelve ladies met for a labyrinth experience. Our facilitator Angela Wards brought along a portable labyrinth which we set up in the courtyard in
front of the Canterbury room in the shadow of the bell tower ablaze with the fall colours of the Virginia creeper – a beautiful setting! The theme of the morning was “Reconnecting with the Spirit”.
The morning opened with the reading of psalm 23 and reflection. Angela shared with us the different types of labyrinths including a Classic style in the oldest church in Sardinia dating possibly back to 2500 BCE. The labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral dates back to the 12th century. At the other end of the spectrum, finger labyrinths are offered to hospital patients and shut-ins. There is a worldwide movement to build and facilitate labyrinths so this tradition of prayer continues, survives and flourishes.
Walking the labyrinth is a varied experience; as Angela said, we can walk with intention or not – by letting go, something may ‘pop up’ in our consciousness.
We can walk alone or walk in community– a metaphor for life.
Our time together ended with a time for fellowship and a delicious lunch – all in all, a meaningful richly-textured morning.