Quiet the mind. Recover balance.
The MUSC Office of Health Promotion has developed the labyrinth to give individuals a place to contemplate, relax, and find peace. Located behind the Drug Discovery and Bioengineering buildings, near the corner of President and Bee Streets, the labyrinth complements the Urban Farm and Fitness Park along with other elements of the Greenberg Greenway as an example of MUSC’s commitment to its mission: providing healthy options and innovative programs that contribute to a higher quality of life, healthier environment, and overall wellness for all who visit the campus. Collectively these projects are helping to build a healthier community as part of the Imagine MUSC 2020 initiative.
Labyrinths are ancient symbols that have been used by various cultures and religions around the world for more than 4,000 years. Many of their patterns are based on spirals and circles mirrored in nature. Some people come to contemplate questions or to simply relax, while others come during times of grief or loss seeking solace.
Unlike a maze, it has a single path in full view that leads to the center and back out the same way. This powerful process of moving in and out can provide an opportunity for the traveler to focus internally, open the heart, and find their center.
Today, labyrinths are being used world-wide as a way to gain insight encouraging meditation, self-reflection, stress reduction, and to discover innovation and celebration. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind and the mind with the spirit. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural blueprint for well-being.
Guidance for Your Walk
- Reflect: Prior to entering the labyrinth, think about what you are grateful for and any questions or problems that you wish to receive guidance.
- Release: As you walk the path to the center, let go of any unwanted thoughts, feelings, attitudes, etc. that no longer serve you.
- Receive: Once in the center, meditate/pray/be silent as you receive what there is for you.
- Return: When ready, follow the path out of the labyrinth. You may feel a sense of renewal.
- Remember: Once out of the labyrinth take a moment to reflect on your experience. All of the walk benefits may not unfold to you immediately. Continue to be mindful as your answers may come with time.
There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth; honor your own pace. Please respect the experience of others as they walk the labyrinth.
Finger Meditation Labyrinth
Download the finger meditation labyrinth (PDF) to enjoy a portable version and experience the benefits.