People of all spiritual backgrounds have used labyrinths for thousands of years for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer. The labyrinth is not a maze where one gets lost, but a purposeful journey into our center and back out again.
Please remove your shoes before walking our indoor labyrinth. We also have a permanent outdoor labyrinth beside Holt Chapel on South Campus.
Walking towards Racial Justice
We invite you into this space for contemplation or prayer, to acknowledge the countless Black Lives lost to racism, to rest and recenter your courage and hope, and to renew your commitment to doing the work of racial justice.
Contemplation involves stepping away and going deeper, stepping away from ordinary busyness and everyday forgetfulness, and marking space to remember and renew. Contemplation does not replace action. Contemplation grounds and prepares us for action, for deeper connection, and for more whole-hearted living.
Walking the labyrinth reminds us that we are all becoming, as individuals and as a community. The path awakens us to the work we still need to do, encourages us to tend to our journey with compassion and courage, and calls us to live with greater awareness and purpose.
We offer these gentle suggestions for walking the labyrinth, but please walk the path in whatever way is most helpful for you today. You are welcome to carry a stone into the labyrinth or to write a name or message to place and offer in the center.
Before entering… set an intention for your walk. This can be a change you desire in yourself or in our world, or you may want to dedicate your walk to a person or purpose. We invite you to think of names, prayers, questions, and the pains of the current moment.
While walking towards the center… simply follow the path ahead of you, with steady and unrushed steps, focusing on the present experience of your feet and body walking. This walking is enough, but you may also connect your steps to a prayer, to your intention, or to remembering Black Lives lost, even saying or listening to the names.
When you reach the center… take a moment to breathe. For some, this is a place to engage with the divine, to feel your connection to the universe, or to return to your own center. This can be a space apart from the outside world, a place to rest, or a journey deeper into the current moment. As you breathe, create a new intention. What new hope or purpose or action will you carry with you when you return to the world?
While leaving the labyrinth… gently return your focus to the steps of your walking. Carry your new intention with you.