For some, a maze presents a mental challenge. For others, a game of hide-and-go-seek. And still for others, even the word maze brings back vivid memories of Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
For students at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, a maze, rather a labyrinth, provides all three…sort of. The goal, however, isn’t to become overwhelmed, or find a friend, or run from a knife wielding crazy person. Rather, this labyrinth provides a meditation outlet for students to get to know themselves.
Designed as an interfaith activity, the school’s labyrinth provides a meditative getaway for students. Many just come to relax while others practice mindfulness meditation as a means to get closer to God.
The Labyrinth experience offers a few quiet hours for students to focus simply on themselves or on getting close to the God in which they personally believe. Music is played during the experience, but it is non-denominational; the CDs vary from Native American chants to simple nature sounds. The music changes from week to week. The walk can take as long or as short as the walker desires, depending on what they are contemplating.
Read more about Elizabethtown College’s labyrinth meditation here.