Labyrinths have appeared as designs on pottery and basketry, as body art, and etched on the walls of caves, in fields, in buildings and cathedrals. Their origins are ancient. The Romans built many decorative labyrinthine designs into floors in tile or mosaic. Medieval tapestries contain them. Many labyrinths set in floors or on the ground are large enough that the path to the center and back can be walked. Labyrinths have been used throughout time and appear around the world in every culture and country. They have historically been used in group rituals and private meditations.

And yet their original purpose remains an intriguing mystery.

Walking them must be thoughtful and unhurried and you should never pass up the opportunity to enter one. 

 After following the path you will be able to close your eyes and find it again within your mind. Traversing labyrinths can be a refreshing respite to your day. And whether it be striving for nirvana, contemplation, yoga, hagá, zen, transcendental, or i ching, you will have learned meditation.

Labyrinths are magical.



© Jeff Saward     






a walking labyrinth in Vancouver  -   St. Paul's Anglican


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