Labyrinths For the Home

A labyrinth is not a maze, though the two terms are often used interchangeably in English. A maze has many paths, multiple entrances and exits, and has dead ends and traps. A maze is a game, a challenge. In contrast, a labyrinth has a single entrance and a single path that leads to the center. There is one path in/out of the labyrinth.

While huge labyrinths might be the purview of cathedral floors and European fields, there is no reason not to bring a smaller labyrinth into the home for private meditation.

Garden Labyrinths

Any yard or garden can be laid out as a labyrinth. The path can be done in a different ground cover. Herbs like mint or thyme add a rich sensory aspect to the meditative experience. Alternatively, the edges of the path can be marked with rocks or lines of plants. A labyrinth would make a beautiful herb or flower garden.

Some labyrinth makers prefer to dig the path into the soil, depressing the path and raising the borders before covering the whole area with a single ground cover. This creates a very subtle effect. Choose an idea that appeals to you. Such a labyrinth is a very personal creation.

Patio Labyrinths

There is no reason to limit creating a labyrinth to those with yard space, or to cut down a yard needed to run off the energy of young children. A concrete patio is an excellent place to put a labyrinth, and the new look will be both decorative and functional. The labyrinth path could be traced out with paints, drawn with chalk, or made permanent with a stone or tile overlay.

Those seeking to remodel an old, concrete patio often look to stone, cobblestone, brick, and tile to create a new surface at a low cost. There is no reason with all those materials available the new surface can’t be laid out to contain a labyrinth.

Canvas Labyrinths

For those who want a full size labyrinth but don’t want the space always taken up with it, consider a canvas labyrinth. This is something that can be made at home, or a number of places sell them if you poke around the internet. This type of labyrinth can be laid out in a room of your choice when you want to use it, and folded up and tucked away the rest of the time.

Finger Labyrinths

Another alternative for those who do not have the space for a full sized labyrinth, or do not have the mobility to walk one, is a finger labyrinth.

Creating complex labyrinths in wood and other materials is a small but busy industry. One can be purchased in most any price range. Or, one can be made at home. A finger labyrinth can simply be a pattern drawn on a piece of paper. However, one painted on a wall would make a lovely decoration in a home.

What Labyrinth Design to Choose?

Labyrinths have been developed by many cultures over the ages, and those designs have been passed down to the present day. From the large labyrinths embedded in the floors of cathedrals to the small labyrinths woven into Native American baskets, there are many designs to choose from. And most any of these designs can be found somewhere on the internet. Look around, explore, and find just the right design for you.

Labyrinths are a traditional medium for meditation, no matter what your traditions, as well as a beautiful form of decoration. No matter what the size of a home, there is a way to bring this tradition home.

For more information, check out the Labyrinth Society home page.