Suggested Approaches for Prayerful Labyrinth Encounters

There are at least as many ways to pray a labyrinth as there are people who pray it. The following suggestions pair a spiritual activity with prayer on the labyrinth.

Caring
“God, [person’s name] is in need…”
Centering 
When you feel or perceive God’s presence, move into it more deeply.
Chanting
Singing “Kyrie eleison,” Alleluia, or a favorite chant.
Discerning    
Talk with God about something important.

Focusing   
Repeat a favorite name for God, i.e., “Jesus, Jesus…” or, “Healer, healer…”
A spiritual word that has significance for you “Love…”
A short prayer: “Please help!”; “Thy will be done”

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Grieving  
“Please help me to stay present to this pain. Support me as I move with it.
Imaging    
Holding someone or something in an internal visual state that represents your deepest desire.
Interceding    
Plead with God on behalf of others.
Moving  
Embody your sacred communication. No words are necessary.
Opening     
“I’m here. Help me to stay open to You.

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Praising   
Speak God’s name or attributes with love and appreciation.
Questioning 
“What is my next step?”  “What do I need?”
Reading and Reflecting 
Read or recall a biblical story. Ponder its meanings as you move. Take your scriptures with you. Stop anywhere to read and respond.
Releasing   
“Help me let go of….”  “  “I forgive…”
Searching  
“God, I want to understand…”

Seeking
“God, show Yourself to me.”

Singing   
Choose a favorite spiritual song, or hymn. Sing it silently or out loud.
Transitioning
“Ever since [person’s name] died….”
“Thank You, God, for the new opportunity….”

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