We invite you to come and walk our new Labyrinth. Labyrinth walking is among the simplest forms of focused walking meditation, and the demonstrated health benefits have led hundreds of churches, hospitals, health care facilities, and spas to install labyrinths in recent years.
The labyrinth symbol was incorporated into the floors of the great Gothic pilgrimage cathedrals of France in the twelfth & thirteenth centuries. The most famous extant design is the example in the nave floor of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres outside of Paris. This labyrinth was built of honey colored limestone with marble lines around the year 1200 and is now 815 years old. Our labyrinth is patterned after the one in the Chartres Cathedral.
A labyrinth is not a maze, but a walking meditation device with a single winding path from the edge to the center. There are no tricks, choices or dead ends in a labyrinth walk. The same path is used to return to the outside. Combining a number of even older symbols, including the circle, spiral and meander, the labyrinth represents the journey inward to our own true selves and back out into the everyday world.
Walking a labyrinth is a right brain activity (creative, intuitive, imaginative), and can induce or enhance a contemplative or meditative state of mind. It is a tool which can clear the mind, calm our anxieties during periods of transition and stress, guide healing, deepen self-knowledge, enhance creativity, allow for reconciliation, restore feelings of belonging to a community, and lead to personal and spiritual growth.
For many walkers the labyrinth becomes a metaphor for the journey of life: although full of twists and turns, each of us is on a single path through his or her life, and yet each person's journey is a separate and distinct qualitative experience. In walking labyrinths, modern seekers are emulating and recapturing the pilgrimage tradition of many ancient faiths.
Here we have a dedicated room for prayer. Enjoy a setting designed to help facilitate a conversation with God. There are comfortable chairs, candles, a Bible, and even a Buddhist singing bowl to set the town and help you find some peace in this crazy world.
Here we have a large selection of books, including Theology, Bible study, general secular reading, and Children's books. They are for your reading pleasure and free to check out.