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Wellness Wednesday - Yoga, Meditation, Labyrinth Walk
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
11 a.m.
UP: Outdoor Miscellaneous Location

Location: Outdoor area between Old Main and McAllister Building. 
Stop by to participate in any of the following free activities: Yoga, Guided Meditation, or Labyrinth Walk. *Bring your own yoga equipment.*
If you've never tried a labyrinth walk, here are some simple suggestions to help:
There is no set ritual for walking a labyrinth, but there are books and lectures to assist you in performing a labyrinth walk. The basic advice is to enter the labyrinth slowly, calming and clearing your mind. This may be done by repeating a prayer or chant. Open your senses and focus on the process of taking slow and deliberate steps. Bring to mind a prayer or spiritual question to contemplate during the walk to the center. Reaching the center, pause to reflect, pray, and listen for an answer or for deeper revelation. Now begin the return journey. Pray or reflect further. Upon exiting, absorb the experience with continued reflection, prayer, or journaling.
For more detailed instructions, please read below:
Step 1: Stand in front of the entrance to the labyrinth. State your intention as clearly as possible. For example: "I want a solution to my problem with..." It could be anything that is troubling you.
Step 2: Center yourself by taking a couple of deep breaths. By doing this, you instruct your subconscious and all other parts of yourself to pay attention to your sincere wish of solving your problem.
Step 3: Acknowledge your upcoming meditative or spiritual journey within the labyrinth. You may also say a short prayer or prepare yourself another way. Closing your eyes and reflecting or taking a simple bow are other nice ways to begin the process. Decide whether you will walk barefoot or with shoes on. With bare feet, you can feel the texture of the earth beneath your feet and connect to its grounding forces.
Step 4: Begin your walk. The first step sets the pace for your walk. It can be fast or slow. Choose your intention for the walk. Are you being spiritual, reflective, mindful, playful, creative or something else? If you're problem solving, your walk becomes a meditation when you surrender all your problems and just walk. Other parts of you have now a chance to process your request of a solution.If you are very upset: fast walking in lets the emotions dissipate easier. Most people try slowing down their mind by slower walking, relying on the mind and body reflection.
Step 5: Continue to walk. Keep your mind quiet and still. Quiet your thoughts each time they arise. Concentrate on the placement of one foot before the other. Maintain rhythmic, gentle and regular breathing. If you're problem solving, walk as you didn’t have any problems at all, let it all go. Surrender to the activity of attentive walking. Let the burden (your problem) fall off your shoulders. Various parts of your being are now processing your wish for solution. All you have to do is to let it incubate and not interfere, let it be and let go of any expectations. Continue to walk as you didn’t have any problems at all, let it all go. If you're going on a spiritual journey or seeking creative inspiration, again let it all go and just surrender to the experience of walking the labyrinth.
Step 6: Pause on reaching the center. You may stop here for a while to meditate or reflect. The main thing is to let yourself surrender totally to your inner process. Take all the time you need. If you don't have a problem, question, or quest for inspiration, just sit quietly and let things be.
Step 7: Walk out. When you are ready, just walk out. Accept the insights and gifts you may have received. Offer your thanks for what you have learned.

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