First Baptist Greenville has two labyrinths — one in the Remembrance Garden and a canvas portable one. These can be used for prayer and reflection individually or for groups.
What it is?
A labyrinth is a single path or unicursal tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. It is not a maze – there is only one path in and out. You simply walk the one path towards the center, then turn around and walk the same path out.
How to Use It
There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. This is your spiritual practice – you can walk, run or cartwheel through the labyrinth however you wish, especially if you aren’t sharing the labyrinth with anyone you may bother. If you would like more guidance, we have some tips to help you along the way.
- Set an intention before you start (gain insight, find solace, let go, celebrate, focus, solve a problem, etc.)
- Quiet your mind before entering the labyrinth. You may want to recite a mantra to help keep you focused. Acknowledge distracting thoughts that arise, then let them go.
- Enter from the outside and follow the light-stoned path to the center.
- Keep your eyes on the path right in front of you. This will help you focus, and will ensure you don’t lose the path.
- Walking towards the center can be a time of shedding, where you let go of thoughts and emotions in order to quiet your mind.
- The time in the center can be a moment for illumination, a place for meditation and prayer. Stay as long as you like.
- Walk back out, using the same path you used to reach the center. This can be a time of joining your soul with God. Use it to become more aware of who you are created to be.
- If others are using the labyrinth at the same time, be respectful of their practice. Try to keep an even, slow pace so you don’t crowd someone in front of you or back up someone behind you. Since the path to the center and back out are the same, you may run into someone coming from the opposite direction. If this happens, just step aside (maybe even completely off the path) until you’ve passed each other. You may need to pass someone walking the path in front of you, or you may need to allow someone to pass. Avoid speaking or eye contact in order to maintain focus.
Both of our labyrinths are in the Santa Rosa style which is a circle of concentric paths surrounded by an eighth octagonal line. The Santa Rosa Labyrinth was designed by Lea Goode-Harris.