What It Is:
The labyrinth is constructed out of stone and set amongst the beautiful hills of The Ranch (Tennessee) campus. It is an experiential walking metaphor for spirituality. Clients walk through the labyrinth during prayer and meditation as a way to quiet their mind and connect with their higher power. The labyrinth is constructed like a maze with twists and turns — similar to life — that clients navigate during their walking meditation.
How It Helps:
The repetitive nature of walking through the labyrinth can help clients feel a greater sense of calm and purpose, and the spiritual nature of the pilgrimage can help them to connect with their higher power and gain insight into their recovery and life purpose. The serene setting of the labyrinth and the ability to connect with a higher power among nature can be a powerful experience. Many clients experience a strong spiritual connection while participating in this walking meditation and gain valuable insight into their recovery journey.
The labyrinth can help clients connect with themselves and their spirituality, which strengthens their commitment to recovery and the 12 Steps. Other benefits include:
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Increased feelings of calm and well-being
- Greater ability to process emotions
- Increased feelings of spiritual connection and purpose
- Deeper insight into addictions and other destructive behaviors