Labyrinth & Healing Gardens

DSC_3198 - LabyrinthYou are most cordially invited and encouraged to spend time exploring our historic grounds, healing gardens, and labyrinth. Whoever you are, and wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome! Come explore our historic 3 acre oasis of beauty, refreshment and peace in the middle equally historic Norwalk. There is an abundance of healing to be found in our labyrinth and healing gardens. Come be surprised by God!

What is a Labyrinth?

labyrinthA labyrinth is a sacred symbol that can be traced back in history some 3,000 years to ancient Greece. It is a spiritual tool and signifies different things for different people. Each time you walk the labyrinth, you will undoubtedly find something new in the experience.

In the Middle Ages, interest in labyrinths increased. The most famous one remaining today is located at Chartres Cathedral, near Paris, France. Our labyrinth is a variation on its design. For Christians, labyrinths served to symbolize the path toward redemption, both in everyday life and on pilgrimage to sacred destinations.

Unlike a maze, labyrinths have one path. While mazes are designed to confuse and confound with their many turns and dead ends, a labyrinth offers one path into its center and then retraces the path back into the world. At St. Paul’s we know that Center to be God, in Jesus Christ.

How to Use the Labyrinth

First, relax. There is no right or wrong way to approach the path. You may use the labyrinth in many ways.

Perhaps you seek some quiet. Perhaps you bring some care or concern that you wish to release. Maybe you seek direction to a perplexing question. Perhaps you bring great joy and thankfulness to your walk.

You may find it useful to sit for a moment before beginning. Take a few deep breaths, releasing any tension as you exhale.

Some suggestions for your walk:
Read a passage from scripture or from our healing quotations found in our garden,
or from some other inspirational writing. Pay attention to a word or phrase which captures
your attention. Repeat this word or phrase to yourself as you walk.
Use a walkman to provide music for your journey or simply listen to the sounds of the City
fade while you absorb the music of our beautiful garden and Church bells.
Skip or dance your way along the path, or walk slowly. There is no right or wrong way to
move through a labyrinth.
Pause in the Center and rest awhile in God’s presence before making your way back into
the world.
Remove your shoes and walk in your socks to feel the pavement beneath you more
completely.
Walk once or several times. Alter your pace through the labyrinth. Pause along the way.
Children will often race through the labyrinth. Let them!

We hope you will visit often!