“O God, you will show me the path of life and fill me with joy in your
Lifesprings Canossian Spirituality Centre, Singapore
A labyrinth is a pattern on the ground in which there is a long pathway
that leads to the centre. Once reaching the centre, you may follow path
back to the entrance which is also the exit. Generally, there are three
stages to the walk: releasing on the way in, receiving in the center and
returning when you follow the path back out of the center of the
labyrinth. Symbolically, and sometimes actually, you are taking back out
into the world that which you have received.
The first documented example of a labyrinth we have is from 324 A.D.
when Christians placed a labyrinth on the floor of their church in
Algiers, North Africa. Many of the early church fathers including
Ambrose, Gregory of Nyssa, and Jerome wrote about labyrinths as a
metaphor to illustrate important Christian beliefs.
There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Use the labyrinth in
any way that meets your needs while being respectful of others who may be
walking on the path. You may stop anywhere along the path to mediate, pray
or be in silence. You will often meet others walking the path in the
opposite direction. Simply step around them. Walk at your own pace; you may
even pass others who may be in front of you. Take your time. Walk slowly. Do
what feels natural to you -- some walk steadily, some cover their faces with
scarves, some dance, some twirl and dance, some stop often. At the center
you may sit, kneel, stand, change positions or directions, pray, meditate,
or do silent reading or writing.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
To prepare for walking, you may want to sit quietly to reflect before
stepping onto the labyrinth. Some people come with questions, others just to
slow down and take time out from a busy life. Some come to find strength to
take the next step. Many come during times of grief and loss.
In walking the labyrinth with the psalms, we are to read a psalm while
walking the labyrinth. Select a psalm from the list below or choose one of
Psalms 1; 8; 23; 27; 42; 46; 48; 63; 84; 108; 111; 139; 143; 147
The idea is to stick to meditating/praying one particular psalm for the
whole duration of this walk, using it to pray, meditate and contemplate.
Read the psalm slowly. Meditate and listen to each word, sentence and
paragraph. Restart at the beginning of the psalm when you have reached the