The labyrinth is a place to spend time with God.
Walking the labyrinth is a time to pray, to talk with God, to listen for what God is trying to say to us.
The time it takes to walk the labyrinth and focusing on the path help clear our minds from the distractions that are always around us so that our talk with God will be more meaningful. It gives us more time to listen to God.
You can pray and talk with God about whatever might be on your mind: things you are thankful for; something you need help in understanding; anything you need to talk to God about.
The labyrinth is NOT a maze.
There are no dead ends. You cannot get lost. Even though there are many twists and turns, if you follow the path, it will take you to the center. It is a reminder that just like God is with us as we pray on the twists and turns of the labyrinth, God is always with us in the twists and turns of life and never abandons us.
The center is a place we can stop and spend time with God.
In the Book of Genesis, God speaks to Jacob in a dream. When Jacob wakes, he takes the stone he had used as a pillow and sets it up to mark that God is in this place. Our stone reminds us that God is in the labyrinth with us.
It is ok to touch the standing stone or even lean against it if that helps you feel closer to God.
Walking back out of the labyrinth gives you time to think about your time talking with God – about what you want to take away from this experience as you return to life outside the labyrinth.
There are no rules. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you walk the labyrinth. Neither walking it the fastest nor taking the most time makes you a winner. There are no winners in that sense. What you “win” is having your own time with God.
It is okay to keep your experience on the labyrinth to yourself or to share it with others. Neither is right or wrong, but one of the choices will feel right to you. You may decide to share your experience sometimes and not others.