Labyrinths have been found in cultures all over the world; pottery, coins, and tiles featuring labyrinths date as far back as 5,000 years. While some use “labyrinth” and “maze” interchangeably, true labyrinths follow a simple, unambiguous route to the center and back, and they are not designed to be challenging or difficult to navigate. Instead, labyrinths provide a winding path that can be used for meditation and prayer. Walking a labyrinth provides the opportunity to quiet the mind, meditate, gain insight, self-reflect, and reduce stress.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, Garden Street was able to remodel our upstairs chapel and build our own labyrinth. The labyrinth was dedicated in October of 2010.

The labyrinth is open for walking during office hours, Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm, Sunday mornings before, during, and after worship, and during special prayer services. Congregants, friends, and members of the public are all welcome to use our labyrinth.

  • Remember
    Before walking the labyrinth
  • Take time in gratitude be thankful for your life. Bless the people in your life. If there’s a specific event or situation troubling you, bring it to mind and form a healing question if possible.
  • Release
    Walking into the labyrinth
  • This is the time to quiet the mind, let go of the mind chatter and release your troubles. Open your heart to feel whatever it might feel. Become aware of your breathing. Take slow breaths. Relax and move at your own pace.
  • Receive
    Standing or Sitting in the Center
  • This is a place of reflection. Pause and stay as long as you like. Open yourself to your higher power. Listen to that small inner voice. In the safety of the labyrinth have a heart-to heart talk with yourself.
  • Return
    Walking out of the labyrinth
  • When you are ready, begin walking out the same path you followed in. Walking out, integration of your experience happens. Experience the sense of well-being, healing, excitement, calm or peace.
Each labyrinth experience is different. You may feel nothing or have a powerful reaction. Whatever, listen to your heart and take all the time you need. The above description is only a thumbnail sketch. You provide the bigger picture.
Source: Veriditas
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