The St. Barnabas Labyrinth
A place for prayer and contemplation.
Our labyrinth is open all the time - it is located to the south of the church overlooking Sider's Pond. There are brochures there that help explain it and how to walk or spend your time.
Walking the labyrinth can be a way for the psyche to connect with the soul, a way of seeking God. It may be a symbolic pilgrimage or a means of seeking clarity, vision, focus, healing, discernment, peace, or spiritual insight. The labyrinth is a spiritual tool. There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth!
But how do I walk it? is the question we hear a lot. Before you begin, come into your center. Breathe deeply. Give thanks to God.
One way to walk it is to take a question with you - it is good if it is a question with a yes or no answer. Think on it as you walk in towards the center. Pause at the center. Give thanks. Sit down if you like. Turn around. Throw your arms up in the air! Whatever moves you.
As you leave the center think if you have come to any answer to your question. If so, how will that answer change your current life? Will it work? How does it make you feel? Did the Spirit speak to you?
As you come to the end of your journey, give thanks. Pause. Give thanks to God for this time.
Guidelines for the walk: Clear your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives; it touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart. You may “pass” people or let others step around you, whichever is easiest, at the turns. The path is two-way; those going in will meet those coming out. Do what feels natural when this happens.
If you are not alone on the labyrinth, don't worry! Respect the other, pass gently as you meet on the path.