Just as I began my walk in a labyrinth this afternoon, a lovely breeze swept through. It was a welcome respite in this highly unusual summer’s day that is occurring in autumn.
“This is the breath of God,” I said to myself as the cool air touched my face. Labyrinths tend to have that effect on you; walking them causes you to slow down, ponder and think deep thoughts. They also help you listen to the voice of the Creator. At least this is how it is for me.
In a season of fall corn mazes, a labyrinth is just the opposite. Labyrinths are not intended to scare or confuse. In fact, just the opposite. Labyrinths create calmness and clarity.
A meandering path that leads you to a center and then back out to where you started, labyrinths date back at least 4000 years. They’re often called “sacred geometry,” because creation is built on geometric patterns—and labyrinths are created based on shapes found in nature. Admittedly, labyrinths have their critics because they can be associated with esoteric practices.
However, walking the labyrinth at my local park is for me a time of reflection and prayer. From a practical standpoint, I appreciate being able to think, ponder and pray while I walk—without having to constantly be alert for cars or bicyclists. I simply follow the path laid out before me and focus my attention on the heavenly.
The labyrinth that I visit is a 1000-foot winding walkway. I can be through it in 15 minutes; however, if I stop during my journey to sit on the benches scattered along the pathway, I may be in the labyrinth for an hour.
Walking the labyrinth gives me a little exercise (although a labyrinth is meant for meandering, not power walking), along with some fresh air and sunshine. Afterward, my mind is much clearer, and I am always refreshed from receiving spiritual insight.
In fact, after today’s walk in the labyrinth, I don’t believe I’ll ever experience another breeze without viewing it as the breath of God.