The labyrinth at Wakefield Cathedral was installed as part of Project 2013 and has been a part of our regular worship ever since. It is made from stone quarried from Holmfirth.
Walking the labyrinth
The labyrinth is a path of prayer. It is a spiritual aid that can help us find our way. Walking the labyrinth can still our minds, ground our bodies, reduce stress and open our hearts. We can use our experience of walking the labyrinth as a metaphor for our own lives or focus on a particular issue or situation.
We can approach walking the labyrinth in three stages:
The inward journey to the centre as a time of letting go and releasing (purgation)
The time in the middle as a time of stillness, reflection and receptivity (illumination)
The outward journey as a time of returning to the outside world - taking back what we have learnt and received (union)
To prepare, sit quietly and take some time to reflect. You may wish to take off your shoes. Focus on your breathing. Do you have a question you wish to think about? Do you feel a need to slow down and take time out? Some people come to find strength to face challenges or to make changes. Many come during times of grief and loss.
As you walk the labyrinth, allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. Meeting people on the way, you may pass or step around them. Do what feels natural when you meet. Allow about one minute between people as you enter the labyrinth.
We hope you will find following the path a spiritual, enjoyable and relaxing experience. May God go with you.
This is the finished film of the art installation made by the students of Backstage Academy on our Labyrinth on Friday 15 January. An extraordinary audio visual delight!