We will meet up on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 10a-12:30p at Millbrook Baptist Church in Raleigh. Pack a picnic lunch and plan to join us for a labyrinth walk, a time of sharing, and lunch by the prayer garden. Registration is requested - click here to be taken to the calendar page where you can register to attend.
Ann O'Hara will start off our time together with a brief presentation on the labyrinth, some guidelines on walking it, and how the labyrinth might be used as a prayer practice. Following the presentation, we will be invited to walk the labyrinth or spend time in contemplation on the benches that are available. After the walk, we will have an opportunity to share our experience as we enjoy our BYO picnic lunches. So - pack your lunch, grab your camp chair, and head over to Millbrook Baptist for this special time together with the Band. Please take a moment to register.
In preparation for our time at the labyrinth, you are invited to read the following information from the Millbrook Baptist website:
A labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world and throughout history. Millbrook’s labyrinth is the Chartres design, and has a single, winding, circuitous path into and out of the center. However, it is not a maze; there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. One can use it with an open heart and mind.
The winding path is a metaphor of life’s journey with its many twists and turns. It also symbolizes a pilgrim’s walk with God. The labyrinth experience is different each time one walks. Often people find peace, solace, release and a deep sense of joy as they meditate and pray on the labyrinth. When walked with a community of people, the walk is a shared journey which can be unifying and empowering.
Sometimes it is helpful to think about your walk as having three parts: releasing, receiving, returning. Releasing is the walk toward the center, letting go of the details of life, shedding thoughts and emotions. It empties and quiets the mind. Receiving is when you reach the center. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you. Returning is the walk out which empowers you to take what you have received and move back into the world, replenished and directed.
Please know that the labyrinth is handicapped accessible - but for those who do not wish to walk, benches are provided in the garden area for reflection and meditation.