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Our Labyrinth

Walking the Sacred Path

A labyrinth is a sacred pattern,
An ancient mystical tool,
A spiritual pathway,
A walking meditation.
The labyrinth walk is a symbolic journey to the center of ourselves,
A walk that can refresh the spirit.
It is open to anyone, regardless of faith or tradition.
(From St Joseph’s Healthcare)

About the Labyrinth

The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that is now being rediscovered as a spiritual meditation in the modern world. “The labyrinth is a very old pattern found in many cultures around the world … Labyrinths are currently being used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, recover a balance in life, and encourage meditation, insight, self-reflection, stress reduction, and to discover innovation and celebration. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural blueprint for well-being. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind and the mind with the spirit.” (From Welcome to Veriditas! Experience the Wisdom of the Labyrinth)

The Labyrinth at the Parish of the Good Shepherd

The “Good Shepherd Labyrinth” was first proposed in 2009 when the Parish assumed responsibility from the City of Mount Pearl for the green space surrounding it under the city’s Adopt-A-Park Program. The prospect to include in the new park a sacred space for meditation and quiet thought was quickly endorsed by the members of the Parish and by the City and plans were put in place to make it happen. In the three years that followed, the Parish and City received support from the Grand Concourse Authority and the Provincial Government and in 2012 the necessary design work and funding was complete and construction began. Intentionally designed to blend with its natural setting, the labyrinth was unveiled in August of 2012 and has quickly become a place of calm reflection and tranquil meditation for members of the City of Mount Pearl and for many beyond. 

The Labyrinth as Sacred Space

Many use the labyrinth today as a place to quiet the mind, find balance, receive insight, and practice meditation and contemplative prayer. As a symbol of life, the labyrinth represents our passage through the world with all of its changes and transitions and cycles. The labyrinth should never be confused with a maze in which one can become lost and in which one finds dead ends. Instead, the labyrinth has a single path that always leads to the centre. No step is ever wasted but brings the traveler constantly closer to the goal. The journey is intended to lift one from ordinary, logical and linear mindsets to the non-rational and intuitive. It is a safe place where one’s true self and one’s true heart can be revealed.

Walking the Labyrinth

(From St Joseph’s Healthcare)

The path is two-way; you may meet someone coming the other way. You may pass others, or let them pass you. Allow about one minute between people when entering the labyrinth. Quiet your mind and pay attention to your breathing.

Releasing: As you enter, let go of distracting thoughts. Release whatever may interfere with your experience. This helps start your walk with an open heart and quiet mind.

Receiving: Spend as long as you need at the center for meditation and prayer. Open yourself to receive guidance or insight.

Returning: Follow the same path out. This is returning to the world, to the things you left behind when you entered. You may feel healed or strengthened. You may see yourself more clearly, and be more in tune with your work for this world. Some people have profound insights. Others have small experiences, or none at all. Whatever you experience, is what was meant for you. Spend some time reflecting on what this means for you.

The simple experience of walking the labyrinth invites us back into the center of our being.” (Lauren Artress, Walking a Sacred Path)

Walking the labyrinth leads us into our hearts and can touch our sorrows as well as our joys. It is here we pray the prayer of our hearts, it is here we go ‘into our rooms and close the door,’ it is here that we listen for that still small voice that whispers to our hearts: ‘I have called you by your name, you belong to me … you are precious and I love you.’” (Isaiah 43)

The labyrinth is a safe territory for many who feel they are unraveling at the seams. It is a place to order chaos and calm the frightened heart.” (Lauren Artress, Walking a Sacred Path)

The purpose of a walking meditation is walking meditation. Going is important, not arriving … Each step is peace and joy.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)

A Prayer for Pilgrims

Eternal God,
You call us to ventures
Of which we cannot see the ending,
By paths as yet untrodden,
Through perils unknown.
Give us the faith to go out with courage,
Not knowing where we go,
But only that your hand is leading us
And your love supports us;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Some Labyrinth Links:

Veriditas

Labyrinth Society

International Labyrinth Locator

 
Shepherd's Cafe
Since 2010 the Parish of the Good Shepherd has provided a community lunch free of charge every Wednesday. Known as the “Shepherd’s Cafe,” it is a ministry of hospitality and operates with volunteers and entirely on donations. view more...
 
Godly Play and Children
Ministry to children at the Parish of the Good Shepherd centers on the Godly Play method and is intended to allow children to discover God in a way that is appropriate for them. view more...
 
Our Labyrinth
A labyrinth is a sacred pattern, An ancient mystical tool, A spiritual pathway, A walking meditation. The labyrinth walk is a symbolic journey to the center of ourselves, A walk that can refresh the spirit. view more...
 
Adopt-a-Park Program
The City of Mount Pearl’s Adopt-A-Park Program has enabled the Parish of the Good Shepherd to assume responsibility for part of the green space around it as part of the parish’s ongoing care of the environment and outreach to the wider community.view more...