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Labyrinth

Walking the labyrinth is a special prayer path used by the church for many centuries. (Ours is based on the one built in the 1200’s at Chartres Cathedral in France and is available for walking during Advent and Lent, as well as other special times throughout the year). The practice of walking the labyrinth is designed to help deepen your awareness of God’s Presence and guidance. It is a time-honored and powerful way to slow down and prayerfully listen to heart and soul, a practice being rediscovered in our fast-paced culture as a healing and life-giving spiritual discipline. Welcome. We invite you to take time here to immerse yourself in God’s grace and follow the promptings of the Spirit. What does your True Self, underneath all the busy agendas, truly need? Ask your deepest self “What will feed my soul now?” Listen for your deepest yearnings to dwell in God’s love… That place where you find yourself trusting, opening up, and even delighting in God’s will.

“We can only know through our suffering and our actions what experience has taught us. It is the breath of the Holy Spirit whispering the words of life to the heart, and everything we say to others must come from this source. What we read and what we see only becomes divine knowledge through the fruits, the virtue and light we gain from it.”

— The Sacrament of the Present Moment, Jean-Pierre de Caussade

“I suspect there are as many ways to walk the labyrinth as there are people on this planet.”

— Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress

In preparing to walk, you may wish to take a moment to reflect on where you are in your life. You may get some perspective by considering recent accomplishments, difficult situations, new directions, family relationships or whatever parameters contain your life at this moment. Clear your mind and become aware of your breathing. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go.

Here are a few other suggestions for your walk:

Gracious attention: You may want to quiet your mind, choosing to let all thoughts go when they present themselves in your awareness. You might then walk with the task of allowing a gracious sense of attention to flow through you, noticing what happens.

Asking a question: There may be something in your mind in the form of a question. A burden you are carrying or decision you need to make. You might choose to walk the labyrinth focusing on a question that you have been asking yourself. There’s nothing magical about the labyrinth, so your question should be beyond the realm of yes and no answers. This is a time for centering, deep listening and clarity.

Use of repetition: You may wish to walk the labyrinth with a word or phrase, either positive or negative to your feelings, perhaps from the contemplative method of Christian centering prayer. Or you may wish prayerfully to repeat a meaningful phrase or Scripture passage.

Please let us know how we can be of help. Blessings on your journey . . . 

Contact: Dr. Len Delony | ldelony@myfumc.org | 817-939-4593

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