Yesterday, John and I took a walk --- not unusual for us on a Sunday. But this one was a bit different.
Labyrinths and mazes have often been confused. A maze is a left-brain exercise, like a puzzle requiring analytical thinking to find the correct path. Though it may look like one, a labyrinth isn't a maze at all. It's a right-brain task that involves intuition and imagery with only one choice to be made, whether to enter or not. To walk a labyrinth, a passive, receptive mindset is needed.
For my very first labyrinth walk, on the way in, I chose to focus on letting go and and releasing things that stand in my way. On the walk from the middle back out again, I thought about the good things I wanted to bring out from the center and back into my life.
The labyrinth can be a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are. I know that sounds awfully new-agey and you're probably wondering how many pairs of Birkenstocks I own (none!). However, our labyrinth walk really was a nice, relaxing and rewarding experience.
I did research online to find this labyrinth. There are a couple more public ones right in our area, so when time permits, John and I plan on trying each one. If you'd like to walk a labyrinth where you live, check out the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator's website here. Their database lists 3,400 labyrinths in over 70 countries, so there may just be one near you.