In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
Using Leader Resource 2 or another labyrinth design, find a spot on the ground or floor to begin the pattern. With tape or blocks, create a large, walkable labyrinth. The children can make the labyrinth together with you, or, you may prefer to construct the labyrinth together with the guests who will join the group.
Once the pattern is complete, gather everyone for a chalice-lighting or another ritual you have chosen. Or, simply begin playing contemplative music to start the labyrinth walk. Give each participant a lit candle to slowly, with deliberation, walk to the center and back out of the labyrinth. Invite them to rest a moment at the center and take three deep breaths. Foster a sense of solitude for each participant by leaving enough time and space between them.
As each participant completes their labyrinth walk, invite them to extinguish their candle and join a silent circle. When all have walked the labyrinth, lead a conversation using these questions:
What was it like to use the labyrinth?
What feelings did you notice while you were using the labyrinth?
What did you see? Hear? Feel?
How easy or hard was it to be silent?
How was the labyrinth like a maze? Unlike a maze?
Did you think about who you are inside? Things outside yourself?
Did you think about your gratitude for something, a regret you have, or a hope?
Were you thinking in words, in pictures or in another kind of thought?
Affirm all responses. When all who wish to speak have done so, ask the group:
What might you take from this experience into a prayer or meditation practice of your own?
What ideas does the labyrinth offer for our congregational worship together?
Thank the children (or everyone) for making the labyrinth and everyone for sharing it together.
Participants who are non-sighted can walk the labyrinth with an adult. Some participants with limited mobility may be able to maintain a contemplative focus while walking the labyrinth.
If someone needs help, partner them with an adult. Afterward, you might ask each partner in what ways they felt a shared experience, and in what ways they felt solitude while walking the labyrinth.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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