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Try a Meditation ‘Sit’ and/or Labyrinth Walk

A portable canvas labyrinth will be set up in Mahon Hall on Sunday, March 1 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Wednesday, March 4 from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm, with information provided as to how to walk and pray a labyrinth.

This Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm, take a few minutes to engage in the ancient contemplative practices of sitting in meditation or walking the labyrinth (or gift yourself the time to try both).

At 7:00 pm Carolyn Faivre will offer a short introduction to Christian Contemplation, sharing how both sitting in meditation and labyrinth-walking are spiritual practices that help balance the body, heart and mind. This balance is necessary for opening ourselves to experience a presence and deep inner connection with the Divine, bringing us moments for joy of heart, clarity of mind, and gratitude of body.  Carolyn will then lead a 20-minute guided contemplative practice for either sitting in meditation or walking the labyrinth.

Lessons for Living describes the labyrinth walk this way:

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

Center for Action and Contemplation shares this about meditation:

Meditation is a mindfulness practice that has been around for thousands of years…in nearly every religious tradition, including Christianity…Meditation techniques are simple and can be learned in a few minutes or hours…meditation is a practice of self-emptying. At its most basic, meditation is letting go—of our habitual thoughts, preferences, judgments, and feelings…Meditation retrains our minds and hearts to know true humility and love.

The season of Lent (which began on Ash Wednesday) is a good time to engage in a new spiritual practice; why not try both!

Dr. Carolyn J. Faivre MS, PhD, LCPC