What is a Labyrinth?
Labyrinths have been used by many different cultures and religions for relaxation, meditation and prayer that can bring spiritual and emotional well-being to the lives of those who used them.
A labyrinth is different from a maze. While a maze is full of dead-ends and designed to get you lost, labyrinths only have one path that always leads you to the center.
What is a finger labyrinth then?
A finger labyrinth is like a full-sized labyrinth you would walk except it is on a much smaller and more portable scale. The user traces the path to the center using your finger rather than with their feet. They help people calm the mind, the body, and breathing.
How do I use a finger labyrinth correctly?
To correctly use a finger labyrinth, here are the steps that we recommend to use a the labyrinth.
- Sit comfortably and take deep breaths to begin to relax and focus on the entrance to the labyrinth.
- Place your pointer finger from your non-dominate hand on the entrance of the labyrinth. If you find this too awkward at first, use your dominate hand.
- Slowly trace the pattern of the labyrinth with your finger allowing your mind to clear from extra thought and focus solely on following the path of the labyrinth.
- However, over time, keep trying your non-dominate hand. This helps keep the mind focused on the meditation due to the challenge it presents.
- “Walk” to the center of the labyrinth and rest momentarily, taking deep breaths observing how you are feeling.
- Retrace your path out of the labyrinth
- Sit back, breathe deeply, and relax. Observe how you are feeling again. Record your experience in your journal for future reference.