Labyrinth - Walk on the Grass!
Stand at the crossroads, and
look; ask for the ancient paths;
ask what the good way is, and
walk in it and you will find
rest for your souls.
-Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV)
What Is a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth has a circular path from the entrance to the
center and back and is a tool for mediation, centering, and
healing. Labyrinths are different from mazes in which a
problem must be solved.
The Story of Our Labyrinth
The labyrinth at Sunnyvale is based on the 12th century 11-circuit labyrinth in the cathedral at Chartres, France. In 2004 a committee was formed to consider the addition of a labyrinth on the church campus. After much prayer and research, and many trips to walk labyrinths in the Bay Area, the site on the east side of the sanctuary was chosen. Connected to the Memorial Garden, the labyrinth’s placement next to Fremont Avenue was selected to create a place of quiet mediation and reflection as well as a reminder that life happens in the midst of quiet. The labyrinth was dedicated in 2007.
How to Walk a Labyrinth—Walk and Breathe
There are no rules for walking the labyrinth. It can be walked, danced, started in the center, run, or even walked around the outside. Often people walk using the following process:
- Remembering: gathering one’s thoughts
- Releasing: letting go, as one walks in
- Receiving: being open to whatever the message may be, as one spends time in the center
- Resolving: taking back to the world what one has received
Resources in the Library
A finger labyrinth, part of the church’s library collection, can be found on the bottom shelf of the bookcase as you enter the library from the outside. Books are available for checkout under Dewey Decimal 291.37.
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