• Labyrinths…

    ...can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Later, the religious significance of labyrinths faded, and they served primarily for entertainment, though recently their spiritual aspect has seen a resurgence. Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind. The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.
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Capetown Cathedral Labyrinth

My dear friend, Willemijn de Groot is on an extended journey through a number of countries. She plans to walk several labyrinths along the way. This labyrinth is in the cathedral courtyard in Cape Town, South Africa.



Ancient Labyrinth Designs

1e59bfb0d23398fbe3e307fc4a96296dLabyrinths are ancient. Here are some designs on a clay tablet from Babylon, 12th-11th c. BCE, Vorderasiatische Museum, Berlin.

Anyone know where this Labyrinth is located?

Hawaiian Labyrinth

What a great idea for an indoor labyrinth!


I love this idea! An indoor labyrinth made from cedar branches. I definitely plan to “borrow” this concept! Thank you Christy.

One Sky labyrinth by Christy Lee-Engel, via Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/cleeengel/



Zen Labyrinth


Huge but Simple


Great Labyrinth, Girls!