At the River Level of the University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel, a labyrinth is set out twice a month. Chaplain Denise Yarbrough discusses its history and its availability to the University community for meditative walks.
A labyrinth is an ancient geometric pattern that over hundreds of years has become an archetype of change, transformation and wholeness.
For four thousand years, all over the world, labyrinths have been used for walking, meditating, playing, dancing and ceremonies. Some find that walking the labyrinth helps them to focus on an issue or situation in their lives, leads them to reflection, or awakens a deep knowing within. As Sid Lonegren has written, "Labyrinths are amazing tools…. invented in the mists of pre-history by a culture that functioned on quite different levels of consciousness than we do today, these magical single-path mazes can enhance the possibility of bringing together our analytical/rational mode of consciousness with our intuitive/spiritual levels of consciousness." (Labyrinths and Mazes, Sid Lonegren)
Walking the labyrinth is a spiritual practice that can enrich the lives of our students, faculty and staff as they have the opportunity to spend some time in the reflective quiet of the labyrinth experience, finding clarity of mind and heart, releasing tension and mind clutter, and finding their spiritual center out of which to return to their work and vocations energized and centered. The labyrinth is open for walking several times a month. For the most updated schedule of walking times, visit the Interfaith Chapel's Facebook page.