St. Mary’s Food Labyrinth!

In the Upper Garden Area

By The Rev. Elizabeth Rechter

Labyrinth_webThe labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. St. Mary’s has it’s own labyrinth. We are calling it, for now, our Food Labyrinth. Come visit it in our upper garden area.  Bring cans of food to help us finish outlining the labyrinth.

Guidelines for Walking the Labyrinth

Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The labyrinth has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it slowly and with an open mind and an open heart.

Three stages of the walk

•    Purgation (Releasing) ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.

•    Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.

•    Union (Returning) ~ As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work for which you feel your soul is reaching.


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