Entrance to the labyrinth - Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center, Jacqueline Perry, pencil on paper, 2013

Stone Labyrinth, pencil on paper, Jacqueline Perry, 2013

Entrance to the stone labyrinth at Our Lady of the Praire Retreat Center. Tiny stones make the path; larger ones mark boundaries.

A person enters, walks the winding path to reach the center and takes the same path out. Sometimes there are benches at the center, and sometimes not.

Most times, it takes me twenty to thrirty minutes to walk a labyrinth. The first one that I walked was mowed into a grassy field atop a hill near Des Moines. Though it was lovely, I didn’t get what I was suppose to do; other people seemed to know. They would enter and walk the path at their own pace. Even a goose started at the entrance and walked around a bit.

Now, I appreciate the chance to walk a labrinth–it serves as a stop sign for me. Labyrinths invite us to down shift. They resist our worship of hurry. Outdoor pathes made of natural materials such as stone, grasses, sand or brick remind me to be mindful of my steps, breathe fresh air, and notice that the earth has a slower rythm in which we are invited to step.

Labyrinth at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center, Wheaton, Iowa

Labyrinth at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center, Wheaton, Iowa

Prayer:  Thank you Spirit, for stop signs.

About tobeamazed

My name is Jacqueline Perry. I am an artist and a pastor serving a congregation in the Midwest. In addition to my usual duties I lead art workshops as a way to explore lives of faith. Before I was ordained, I received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University. I have been an art teacher and exhibited work over the years. Living on the Great Plains has awakened my love for nature. I am amazed by nature, art and people.
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4 Responses to Labyrinth

  1. Jean Walline says:

    How original!!! Very neat expression of entry Jackie! Thanks for sending— Jean Walline

  2. jane tims says:

    Hi. I love the serenity you have captured in these stones. Interesting that you don’t have to include all the ‘walls’ to feel the enclosure of the labyrinth in your drawing. Jane

    • tobeamazed says:

      Also I notice that I look down when I’m walking a labyrinth, and can’t take it all in. Sometimes, I am aware of others walking it at the same time, but I only see them in part, too…that’s been my experience.

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