Two Labyrinths at Stillpoint at Beckside

Each of Stillpoint’s two labyrinths can best be described as a Path of Prayer.  While different from one another in pattern and setting, both labyrinths were designed using sacred geometry and Christian symbolism.

 

The Chartres Labyrinth

The Chartres Labyrinth at Stillpoint is based on the design of the oldest surviving medieval Christian labyrinth, which was built into the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France in 1201.  Stillpoint’s 7-circuit labyrinth was constructed by Myra Ryneheart Corcoran of The Laughing Flower Labyrinth & Landscape Co.

 

The Cedar Tree Double Spiral Labyrinth

The Double Spiral Labyrinth at Stillpoint circles its way around the base of the tallest cedar tree on the property.

Two paths wind their way in toward the massive tree trunk, and then back out.

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Moving through a labyrinth is a walking meditation.  The twists and turns can frustrate and bewilder, but the single path leads to the center all who persevere.

The labyrinth is a symbol for everyday life. Sometimes we feel so close to our life goal that we can touch it.  However, when we encounter a bend in the road and the way forward feels more like retreat and failure, we might feel that we are losing our direction.  The labyrinth teaches that if we keep faith, and continue to put one foot in front of the other, we will ultimately learn our purpose, fulfill our calling, reach the central still point of our existence.

The labyrinth is a spiritual tool meant to awaken us to the deep rhythm that unites us to ourselves and to the Light that calls from within.  In surrendering to the winding path, the soul finds healing and wholeness.

“As I move along the path…I am often aware of God’s compassionate presence with me.” – Jill Geoffrion, author, Christian Prayer and Labyrinths

A labyrinth is an ancient meditation and prayer pattern that, until recently, had fallen out of use, especially in the United States. However, thanks to the work of the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, an Episcopal priest and former Canon of Special Ministries at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA, labyrinths have been revived as a modern tool for prayer, meditation and transformation. Today labyrinths can be found in churches, cathedrals, retreat centers, hospitals, schools, and backyards across the country.