LABYRINTH WALK: Friday, August 10th – PARISH HALL – 10:00 am Gail Smith+
This month we will be exploring and walking with Rev. Ed Bacon’s “Habit of Candor.” Practicing candor is about “having the courage to engage in difficult conversations. Those conversations can happen with people close to us in our family, at work, or in our worshiping communities. Living our lives with love at the center doesn’t mean that there will be no difficult conversations. Relationships can be complex bringing with them joy and sorrow, laughter and tears, hard times and good times. When we walk the labyrinth with candor we open ourselves to letting this spiritual practice open our hearts and help us move from fear to love. Come join us for our walk as we begin to explore living our lives with “Candor” and what it means on our life long journey of love.
The Church of the Holy Spirit is fortunate to have a beautiful canvas labyrinth for use as a prayer tool. Themed meditative walks with selected music and theological focus are offered on the second Friday of every month.
Each walk will include a brief introduction based on the theme along with a theological reflection to connect participants to the deeper meaning of the walk experience. All are welcome, even if you simply sit and quietly meditate in the inviting, space of the Parish Hall.
MORE ABOUT THE LABYRINTH:
During the Middle Ages, labyrinths were used in cathedrals throughout Europe as a metaphor for the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Today, the labyrinth is a meditative tool that some use to recreate the traditional Lenten pilgrimage in which one offers one’s whole being to God.
As you walk the labyrinth:
- Sit quietly and consider what concerns or people you would like to offer to God this day as you walk.
- Take off your shoes and offer a prayer at the entrance to the labyrinth to begin your walk.
- As you walk, lift up your concerns to God. If you feel like stopping at some point for a moment, do so.
- If you need to pass another walker, just step quietly around and continue on your journey.
- As you reach the center, stop and spend some time just noticing what God is offering you. Thank God for this time together and follow the path back out.
- As you come to the end of your walk, turn towards the center and thank God again for this time with him.
- Take a moment to sit and reflect on what you have experienced.
We ask that no food or drink be brought into the labyrinth area. Prior to walking the canvas labyrinth, please remove your footwear or use the shoe covers provided.