The labyrinth at Lynn Valley United Church is the North Shore's only indoor labyrinth and will re-open to the community for individual or socially distanced small groups (single "bubble") use when safe to do so, on Mondays after Centering Prayer 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm for a contemplative candlelight labyrinth walk. At this time, you will be required to wear a mask before entry to the building and to wear socks; no bare feet or shoes are allowed on the labyrinth. Anyone feeling unwell please stay home.
Music on the Labyrinth returns with Lorraine Toljanich playing live every alternate Wednesday. This program is temporarily on hold due to the pandemic. If your preference is live music with favorite hymns and some classical pieces, come and join us 1:30 - 2:30 pm when it is safe to do so.
Should you wish to continue a labyrinth practice at home, read on for resources for finger/table labyrinths as well as full-sized labyrinths should you have space in your yard. Designs ranging from 3 - 15 meters. Another suggestion is for you to draw or print a finger labyrinth to trace with your non - dominant hand. Research shows that using a finger labyrinth engages your brain in the same way as walking the labyrinth and can provide some of the same benefits such as regulating blood pressure, increasing attentiveness, calm, and relaxation.
So What is a Labyrinth?
Unlike a maze, which has paths that lead to dead-ends and forces one to become lost, a labyrinth has a single, typically meandering or winding, path leading to a center point. Every ancient culture around the globe designed some sort of labyrinth, which over the several thousands of years since, have been and continue to be used as a tool for meditation, ritual, ceremony, or dance. Growing research shows that labyrinths contribute to personal, psychological, and spiritual insight and transformation due to the way your brain works while walking one. Labyrinths can also invoke spiritual pilgrimage, religious practice, metaphor, sacred geometry, mindfulness, environmental art, and community building.
How to Use a Labyrinth
There is no “one right way” to use a labyrinth. Whether walking or using a finger labyrinth, it begins with setting an intention (connection, wisdom, release, clarity, compassion, joy, etc…). Take a deep, cleansing breath and begin. Travel the path at whatever speed feels comfortable and if desired, restate your intention at each change in direction. When you get to the center point, pause until you feel ready to travel out of the labyrinth (in most cases the way out from the center point is along the same path as going in while there are some, such as the Baltic or Dancing Woman Labyrinths, which are “processional” labyrinths). As you exit stop and breath deeply again to acknowledge the completion of the experience.
Online Resources for Home Labyrinth Exploration
The Labyrinth Society https://labyrinthsociety.org/
How to Draw a “Classical Labyrinth” https://art.tfl.gov.uk/labyrinth/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Worksheet_How-to-draw-a-labyrinth.pdf
11-Circuit Chartres Labyrinth https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Labyrinthus.svg
Other Labyrinth Designs http://harmonylabyrinths.com/design/
Virtual Labyrinth https://labyrinthsociety.org/virtual-labyrinth-walk/
If you have any questions, please contact the Church office.