The labyrinth at Calvary United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the culmination of congregation members offering this tool for prayer and meditation to the community.
Labyrinths are ancient patterns, thousands of years old, and found all over the world. Over the centuries, labyrinths have been used by many different societies in many different ways. The story of the evolution of labyrinths is both fascinating and mystical, and is best told by labyrinth historian, Jeff Saward of Essex, England, who has researched labyrinths for many years.
Labyrinth walking can provide a sense of calm to support meditation, prayer and inner peace. Labyrinths have been used over a thousand years. Today we are so focused on rapid stimulation, information and technology that we yearn for places for internal reflection and release. Labyrinths provide a place where we can find solitude, inner peace and reflection with ourselves and God.
As you walk the labyrinth in prayer, know that God meets you there.
The labyrinth, medieval in design and made with rock is located on the northeast side of the church and is always open..
A Labyrinth is an ancient tool used for prayer. Labyrinths are not mazes. There are no tricks or dead end pathways, but one path that winds its way to the center.
A good way to walk the path is to practice the 3-R’s:
RELEASE as you walk in, letting go of stress or concerns
RECEIVE as you reach the center, stop and take a peaceful pause
RETURN by following the same path back out of the labyrinth, taking with you what you have received.
There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth—try it! Go at your own pace, walk slowly, leaving a generous space between you and the person in front of you. The path leading to the center of the labyrinth is the same as the path leading out. When you meet someone walking in or out, just step to the side on the path, allowing them to pass.
For more information contact Calvary United Methodist Church office 719-599-7250 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org