Prayer is not just something we do with our minds—it is a whole-person, embodied discipline. Sometimes we bow, close our eyes, kneel, or raise our hands. And sometimes we need to put our feet on the ground and move in order to express our desire for God. Throughout the ages, God’s people have gone on pilgrimage—to Jerusalem, to Santiago d’Compostela, to the Irish isles—wandering, on the move, in search of deeper intimacy with God, expressing transition, change, loss, hope, and uncertainty.
Not everyone can go on such a journey, and in the Middle Ages, Christians began to walk the labryinth as a pilgrimage in place. Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has one path in and out, weaving towards and away from the center unpredictably but singularly. This practice helps us focus our minds and desire on God, and go on a journey to meet God in the center of our being.
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