Contemplative Practices

Contemplative practices balance our active and communal prayer or worship, allowing space to connect individually and intuitively to God. Whether the method is ancient or new, experiencing the Indwelling Presence deepens our relationship with the Spirit that nurtures, heals, and empowers. 

We invite you to join us in group practice and to access our individual practice resources at your convenience.

“Be still and know that I am God.”
Psalm 46:10

Walking a labyrinth is a long-forgotten mystical tradition. Labyrinths have appeared in many cultures since ancient times and in Christian spirituality since the fourth century. We welcome you to walk our community labyrinth as spiritual practice or simply an opportunity to calm the mind and enjoy peace, quiet and reflection.

How to walk the labyrinth

Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has just one path, so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. It is a two-way path, so you may meet others coming or going on the path.

Three stages of the walk

  • Purgation (Releasing) ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.
  • Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
  • Union (Returning) ~ As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work for which you feel your soul is reaching.

Guidelines for the walk

Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. Since the path is two-way, those going in will meet those coming out. You may “pass” people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural. Walk the labyrinth with an open mind and an open heart.

Walking the Pilgrim’s Path – A Journal for Labyrinth Walkers (pdf)