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Discover the Ancient Practice of Labyrinths

Jul 29, 2016 07:16PM

The labyrinth has long been used as a meditation and prayer tool by people of many cultures and faiths. Walking its paths is thought to free the mind from the distractions of the outside world, allowing the walker to focus on a spiritual question or prayer. Now, Unity Church in Milwaukee has set up a labyrinth on its Wauwatosa campus and has made it available to the community on a donation basis.

There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth, notes Unity Reverend Mari Gabrielson. Walkers can enter it feeling joyous or somber and navigate its turns alone or with a group. The only rule is that they must remove their shoes as a sign of respect for the sacred place.

To get the most from the experience, Gabrielson recommends moving purposefully and observantly, focusing when reaching the center of the maze and giving an acknowledgment as they leave. Participants are encouraged to reflect upon their walk and use journaling or drawing to capture the experience.

Location: 1717 N. 73rd St., Wauwatosa. For more information and hours, call 414-475-0105 or visit UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org.

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