How can I pray using the Labyrinth?
The links below offer a few suggestions for how to pray:
Choose a simple focus word for your labyrinth walk, such as ‘love’, ‘peace’ or ‘joy’.
As you begin your walk, let you mind rest as you become aware of your breathing. Repeat your focus word to yourself as you begin your walk.
If you feel your attention drift, or if distracting thoughts are causing you disquiet, repeat your focus word to yourself as you continue your walk.
Is there a hurt, disappointment or loss that has been with you for a while? Do you need help to recover from this, or to extend forgiveness?
Imagine that you are carrying this hurt or disappointment in your hands, but that your hands are open so that you can release this thing and be freed of its weight.
Imagine your inward journey to the centre of the labyrinth as your process of letting go. Rest in the centre as long as you need.
As you depart the centre on your outward journey, ask God to help you continue your walk free of that weight.
The Jesus Prayer is commonly used in the Orthodox Christian tradition. Its two lines work well as a prayer synchronised with your breathing:
(breathing in) Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God
(breathing out) Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Allow your whole self–mind, heart, breathing and even the motion of your body–to become part of the prayer.
Choose a short passage of scripture to help you focus during your prayer.
Read the text through one or more times before beginning your labyrinth walk so that it is fresh in your mind. As you walk, if your mind wanders, use the text as your anchor.
- Dwell on words, phrases or images that you find compelling.
- Where are you in the text? Where is God? Do you feel close or distant?
- Is there a message in this text that you need to hear today?
You might like to meditate on one of your favourite Bible passages or stories, or try one of the scripture suggestions below.
Add Music to Your Labyrinth Walk
Quiet, ambient music can add to your labyrinth walk experience.
Some organ pieces, performed by our Organist Jack Oades, FRCO, and recorded in the cathedral:
Or you might like to try Live Ambient Improvised by Moby. It incorporates nature sounds with subtle piano phrases.