A labyrinth is an ancient geometric pattern that over hundreds of years has become an archetype of change, transformation, and wholeness.
For four thousand years, all over the world, labyrinths have been used for walking, meditating, playing, dancing, and ceremonies. Some find that walking the labyrinth helps them to focus on an issue or situation in their lives, leads them to reflection, or awakens a deep knowing within.
As Sid Lonegren wrote, "Labyrinths are amazing tools… invented in the mists of pre-history by a culture that functioned on quite different levels of consciousness than we do today, these magical single-path mazes can enhance the possibility of bringing together our analytical/rational mode of consciousness with our intuitive/spiritual levels of consciousness" (Labyrinths and Mazes, Sid Lonegren).
Walking the labyrinth is a spiritual practice that can enrich the lives of our students, faculty, and staff as they have the opportunity to spend some time in the reflective quiet of the labyrinth. Walking the labyrinth can help you find clarity of mind and heart, release tension and mind clutter, and find your spiritual center out of which to return to your work and vocations energized and centered.
The labyrinth is open for walking several times a month. For the most updated schedule of walking times, visit the Interfaith Chapel's Facebook page.
At the River Level of the University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel, a labyrinth is set out twice a month. Chaplain Denise Yarbrough discusses its history and its availability to the University community for meditative walks.