Welcome to Saint Paul’s Church’s online labyrinth walk. Poet Sonia Sanchez has described the Saint Paul’s labyrinth as a “peace site.” Her haiku on the subject of peace, and that of others, surround the labyrinth. You may wish to spend a moment with these haiku before you begin. Each seeker wants to enter the labyrinth with an attitude of openness and being in the moment. We call this a “haiku mind.” Haiku is a small, three line poem that focuses one’s consciousness on the present moment. To read a haiku is to take a short break in our restless existence to slow down, to take a deep breath, and pay attention. We can tune in to the moment and appreciate it for what it is. When we enter the labyrinth with a haiku mind we find our own rhythm and experience calm. This path of peace has no dead ends and no pilgrim is ever far from the surprise of the holy.
- Grasp your mouse in your non-dominant hand (this will slow you down and help you focus).
- Freely move the mouse through the labyrinth at your own pace.
- Labyrinth pioneer Lauren Artress suggests a process for meditating while journeying the labyrinth, she calls it the 4-Rs.
- Remember. As you prepare to enter the labyrinth, remember (1st R). We want to remember what it is that brings light, healing, and peace to the world, and our spiritual longing for that.
- Release. While you direct your mouse on the way in, you want to release (2nd R). Letting go of worries, shedding burdens, quieting one’s self is the way from the entrance to the center.
- Receive. Stay in the center long enough to receive (3rd R). Having let go of preoccupations, we have created an unoccupied space that is available to the Spirit. Receive the wisdom that comes in the stillness.
- Resolve. On the way back out the meditation is one of resolve (4th R). We resolve to bring out with us something we heard from the wisdom of the center. Perhaps we need to pick up something we laid down on the way in, but we do so with greater endurance. We feel more whole and at peace as we leave the labyrinth.
As is said on the pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela: “Buen Camino!” May your way be good!