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Finding Your Footing

Finding Your Footing

In your meditation journey, you will experiment with different practices and techniques until you find the one that works for you. This is OK! Not everyone is comfortable sitting in a room alone and saying a mantra. What if, instead, you were comfortable getting lost in a maze? Okay, well not a maze exactly, but…

Sarah Elliott never accepted run-of-the-mill meditating practices, but founded the Labyrinth Project after walking her first one as an alternative idea. “Labyrinths are not mazes intended to confuse the walker…but a single path that leads to the center and back out again.” By definition, there are no dead ends and Elliott thinks navigating them is akin to navigating life’s journey in a meditative way. Elliott even hopes to construct one at the Episcopal Church she attends, reiterating that walking and movement facilitate “spiritual fulfillment” and the labyrinth was the site of her first “true quiet” experience.

Labyrinths are receiving more attention lately after many decades of falling to the wayside, due to their association with pagan symbols. Do you buy Elliott’s claim that walking one may be a good outlet for meditating? [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Posted: 7/23/08