Anticipating a leisurely, relaxing day off (!!) from work, I’d stayed out rather late the night before with the boyfriend. Fortunately, I didn’t have any demanding activities on the schedule. But I did have one new adventure planned.
A new friend (!!) had told me about a local meditation thing that was happening, organized by a yoga teacher whose class I’d taken on an earlier Florida visit. I’m not particularly good at sitting still, turning off my brain, and meditating, but this was a labyrinth meditation, so I was intrigued. There were 5 of us who met at this outdoor labyrinth. It looked like this:
Fun fact: I learned the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. (Plus: I also learned how to spell labyrinth correctly! That “y” throws me off.) Anyhoo, a maze is a puzzle with multiple routes and dead ends and such. A labyrinth, on the other hand, has a single, winding path that leads to the center. If you follow it, you can’t make a wrong turn.
To do a labyrinth meditation, as I understand it, you stand at the entrance and set an intention. You can ask God/the Universe/your guides/angels/whatever you believe in a burning question, or ask for a general message or guidance. Then you take a few deep breaths, and start walking the path. Theoretically, by the time you reach the center, you should have your answer or message. You take a few quiet moments at the center, then turn around and follow the same path back out to the entrance.
I personally didn’t experience any ah ha! moments or receive the secrets of the Universe, but I did feel a lot of love and peace. It was quite nice.
If you are interested, you can find a labyrinth near you at the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.
I hope you all have an ah-maze-ing weekend! See you Monday!!