A feature found in some medieval cathedrals, labyrinths were once used as a substitute for making pilgrimage to Christian holy sites like Jerusalem, Rome and Santiago. One of the most renowned is found in Chartres Cathedral in northern France.
The labyrinth is a contemplative prayer engaged by walking. People who find it especially difficult to sit still for prayer, find the labyrinth to be particularly meaningful. There are also hand or finger labyrinths available.
The labyrinth is a unicursal path that facilitates the spiritual wisdom of losing self to find self. It takes you inward and outward as you walk. In this way one embodies their prayer of being in relationship with oneself, others and God. The path is walked slowly, contemplatively as a spiritual exercise of bringing mind, body, heart and soul into harmony with God.
- Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice by Lauren Artress
- Labyrinths: Walking Toward the Center by Gernot Candolini
- Praying the Labyrinth: A Journal for Spiritual Exploration by Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion
- World-Wide Labyrinth Locator
- Veriditas – Home
- The Labyrinth Society: The Labyrinth Society
- Charlotte Labyrinths