Take a walk for World Labyrinth Day

Find your local labyrinth and take a moment of moving meditation on Saturday, May 6.

A path leads to a circular labyrinth. It is marked by a pattern on the ground, rather than walls.

Walking a labyrinth, like this one at Unity of the Blue Ridge, offers an opporutnity to reflection. | Photo by Christina Brinton

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Sometimes life can feel like a labyrinth — but that’s not always a bad thing.

World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 6 celebrates the practice of “moving meditation” by encouraging folks to take a stroll through their local labyrinth. Sound a little far-fetched? Trust us, one is closer than you think.

Why labyrinths?

Those of us who got lost in corn mazes as kids may struggle to find anything relaxing about the experience. But labyrinths aren’t about getting lost: they’re about fostering clarity, peace, and reflection.

“True” labyrinths, according to The Labyrinth Society, have only one path that winds in on itself and ultimately leads you out the way you came. As Christiana Brinton with the Blue Ridge Labyrinth community told us, “There’s no dead ends, there’s no confusion [...] You can trust that the path is going to lead you to the center, no matter how many turns there are.”

Walk (or don’t) on World Labyrinth Day

Join others across the globe at 1 p.m. local time and “Walk as One at 1” at the First Baptist Church in Asheville, Holmes Educational State Forest in Brevard, or Unity of the Blue Ridge in Mills River, among others. Even if you can’t make it out, try:

Whatever you choose, share your work with us on Instagram (@AVLtoday).

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