Labyrinth Walk: Peaceful Reflection and Contemplation

On Sunday 27th of May, 2012, forty people from various faiths and traditions gathered together at McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park in Langwarrin for 'Walking the Labyrinth' workshop. 

Reverend Sue Brooks, from Frankston Interfaith Network, lead the group with an introduction to the labyrinth, its history and uses.  Sue explained that the labyrinth has a meaning to many faiths.  It is an ancient symbol of wholeness and has been used as a mediation and prayer tool for many years symbolising the journey of going within and coming back out into the world.

The traditional labyrinth journey is one of spiritual contemplation, an allegory for life, where the end goals appears near, only to recede numerous times before eventual attainment of enlightenment.

After the introduction Sue led a short prayer. We then set our own personal intention for the walk that day, entered the labyrinth and proceeded to walk in companionable silence together. The labrinth was designed as a continuous concentric path, which winds through seven circuits towards a centre.  On reaching the center of the Labyrinth many of us sat down to enjoy some peaceful reflection and contemplation time.   

Meeting back at the beginning of the Labyrinth walk we shared our experiences.  It was a wonderful individual yet shared experience, a time for quiet reflection, prayer and contemplation.  We continued to enjoyed each other’s company over afternoon tea.