There are many ways to pray and each world religion – whether it be Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist or Hindu – has different variations. However, there is a common core that unites all these traditions: the mind has to quiet and then the heart hopefully opens so we can listen to and respond from the deepest, innermost part of ourselves that knows Wisdom.
For many of us, the ability to quiet the mind and pray deeply from within has eluded us. Our lives are too busy, too fragmented to sit quietly and pray. This is why walking the labyrinth has begun to catch peoples' attention.
The labyrinth is a path of prayer. A journey in faith. A pilgrimage. A way of walking meditatively. As you step into the labyrinth you are entering holy ground. A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness.
A labyrinth has only one path. The way in is the way out. There are no blind alleys. The path leads you on a circuitous path to the center and out again. With a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made. The choice is to enter or not.
"We must be signs of hope and healing in the midst of the cultural reality in which we find ourselves."
Ann Rutan, CSJP