The Labyrinth at Oakbrook





The Labyrinth is located at Oakbrook Center for Spiritual Living at 1009 N.E. 28th Ave. in Ocala, Florida. You will find the Labyrinth south of the center, beside the Wedding Garden.


Characteristically, the West has emphasized action in the world with little recognition of contemplation. The East has done the opposite, placing more value on meditative spirituality. But as Eastern teachings become transplanted in Western soil, we are beginning to appreciate the value of turning inward. The integration of contemplative and active approaches is one of the benefits of walking the labyrinth.
A seated meditation demands a disciplined concentration that many of us do not have the ability to sustain amid the complexity of our lives. The labyrinth can be a tremendous help in quieting the mind, because the body is moving. Movement takes away the creative tension that disurbs our efforts to quiet our thought processes. A walking meditation fosters the mind-body connection and allows images to form within the mind of the journey the body is taking.


Some suggestions for walking the Labyrinth:


• Pause at the entrance. Become quiet and centered.

• Enter and follow the path. There are no dead-ends. It is not a maze. Walk purposefully. Observe the process. When you reach the center, stay there and focus several moments. Leave when it seems appropriate.

• Be attentive on the way out. Exit. Turn and face the entrance. Give an acknowledgement of ending, such as "Amen."

• After walking the labyrinth reflect on your experience.

• Walk often. You are welcome anytime.





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