St John’s has a permanent labyrinth installed in front of the church on State Street for meditation and contemplation. The Labyrinth is available to all. Walking the labyrinth is a way to pray and meditate, just as kneeling is, or folding one’s hands and bowing one’s head. In walking the labyrinth in prayer, we seek to know God’s presence in our lives.
Tips On Walking the Labyrinth
It may be helpful to think of walking the labyrinth in these three stages:
Purgation: releasing, letting go of the details of your life. This is an act of shedding thoughts and emotions. It quiets and empties the mind as you walk into the labyrinth.
Illumination: may occur in the center, or anywhere along the path. Stay as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
Union: Each time you walk out of the labyrinth, you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul reaching to do.