Darren, from the Livingston United Parish Church, came in to work with us this afternoon. We learned all about Labyrinths. A labyrinth is like a maze but it only has one path, there are no dead ends or choices and you always get to the centre. There are lots of different types of labyrinth and we looked at lots of examples. A labyrinth is a great way to think about your feelings. Lots of people walk labyrinths to think, reflect or pray. Some churches have a labyrinth on the floor for people to walk. They can spend time sitting in the centre if they wish.
There are four parts to a labyrinth – the mouth, the goal, the walls and the path. A labyrinth is grown from a seed. We used a four pointed seed to grow a labyrinth. We then tried a trickier version too!
We made finger labyrinths out of clay so that we each have our own to keep. We then made a labyrinth on our classroom floor. When we walked our labyrinth we felt a wide range of emotions – quiet, relaxed, happy, peaceful, calm, tired, weird, alone and strange! We talked about how we can use a labyrinth to slow down when life is very busy. We had a wonderful afternoon.