The labyrinth at Woodwinds is a peaceful, quiet and healing space for our patients, visitors, employees and community members. Labyrinths have served as symbols of hope, healing and spirit for thousands of years in many world cultures. Go to Wikipedia to learn about the history of labyrinths.
People often walk a labyrinth when they are dealing with a spiritual question, or situations that are of concern. By the time they reach the center and move out again, many people have a sense of direction, peace or the beginning of an answer.
You're welcome to use the Woodwinds labyrinth, at any time.
How to walk the labyrinth
There are two paths into the center. The path on the left is a shorter journey while the path on the right meanders more slowly. The center is a place for quiet reflection. When you are ready to leave, you may retrace the path you walked, or follow the other path out.
These practices may help you get the most out of your labyrinth journey:
- Walk at your own pace
- Pause for rest or reflection
- Share the path with others
- Repeat a word, phrase or prayer while you walk
- Clear your mind and become aware of your breathing
- Maintain silence throughout your walk and when others are walking
- Practice mindful walking by becoming aware of sights, sounds and sensations
- Bring into the labyrinth a question of conflict for which you seek insightful guidance
- Reflect through meditation, writing or drawing when you have completed your walk
- Remember that each labyrinth walk is unique - different for each person and different from the time before
The labyrinth at Woodwinds was provided by a generous gift made through HealthEast Foundation.