Bay Center Labyrinth

The Labyrinth at the Bay Center was dedicated on October 24, 2007. It is a symbol of our commitment to offer ways for others to grow spiritually and a metaphor for the journey of life: although full of twists and turns, each of us is on a single path through his or her life, and yet each person’s journey is a separate and distinct qualitative experience. It is a powerful tool for introspective prayer/reflection.

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Labyrinths are ancient human symbols that go back at least 3500 years, which were incorporated in the floors of the great Gothic pilgrimage cathedrals in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. A labyrinth is not a maze, but a walking meditation device with a single winding path from the edge to the center. It represents the journey inward to our own true selves and back out into the everyday world.

Walking a labyrinth is among the simplest forms of focused walking meditation and the demonstrated health benefits for patients, visitors and especially staff have led scores of hospitals, health care facilities and spas to install labyrinths in recent years, including the Mayo Health System in Wisconsin and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Labyrinths help quiet the mind:

  • through the consciousness of "walking" and noticing the repetition of our steps

  • through the balancing of the right and left brain functions from the path's ever changing direction

  • through the focusing of the mind and the blocking out of outer and inner disturbances

  • through the creation of a "sacred place" where the psyche can meet the soul

The simple act of walking and being mindful, that whole brain experience, is a vehicle for one to discover themselves on their human path. By engaging in this walking meditation, we are fully engaging our mind, body, and spirit at the same time.

Our labyrinth is a Vision Quest a la Chartres, with eight circuits, and is 42 feet in diameter. It is open daily to our community during daylight hours.