In the meantime, I though I'd post a short video I made at the end of my time there. As we all said our goodbyes and were dismissed I decided to take the long way back to the parking lot. There was a beautiful trail that lined the Hudson river for some time and then took a sharp left and looped around the parking lot continuing onwards. Adjacent to the parking lot was a labyrinth. I just could not bear to leave without walking it! I have always been intrigued by labyrinths and have only had one other opportunity to walk one. My only other experience was on a labyrinth partially covered by snow this past winter. It was profound and I shared it here.
The video isn't the best quality and is quite short but it gives one an idea of what the labyrinth at the retreat center looks like. I also went over some mantrams (mantras) that are common for one to use for mantram repetition and what one might use while walking a labyrinth. In the Christian tradition they call them breath prayers, but are essentially the same. Oftentimes a breath prayer, used in the practice of centering prayer, is simply the name of Jesus or the Jesus Prayer "Jesus, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."
Really, when walking a labyrinth one can use whatever technique draws them inwards, deeper into their consciousness towards the Eternal seated at the center of their hearts. One need not even say a mantram at all as concentrating on one's breath might be preferable. Some might choose to consciously pray or talk to God or begin with an intention to find an answer and meditate on receiving that answer while moving deeper towards the center of the labyrinth. It all depends on what method is most effective for you spiritually.
Note: Blogger was giving me issues so I could not upload this video from my computer to blogger. I ended up having to upload it on YouTube to add it in this post. The video is sideways, for some reason I couldn't figure out on how to fix it! My apologies!
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