My hand-painted finger labyrinth is an energetic design intended to help you create a conscious stream of focused thought while tracing your finger through its visual path of color. The labyrinth is a relaxing way to meditate or pray and provides a unique way of bringing renewed vitality and meaning to your daily practice. Before beginning, clear your mind of any expectation and/or desire and open yourself to the labyrinth’s magic. The idea here is to stand before it like a painter would stand before a clean canvas, letting the labyrinth be a new adventure of discovery each time you trace it. Then slowly, focusing only on your breath, begin to move your finger through the spectrum of color. Relax and enjoy the unfolding. When you reach the middle, take a moment to breathe in and out, once again focusing your attention on your breath. Scan your body for any tension and breathe into it until you feel completely relaxed. There are six petals in the middle of the labyrinth and each one represents a prayer. Working from left to right, move your finger into each sacred petal and set an intention and focus upon it. (It is said the original use of the rose in the middle of the labyrinth was to aid in praying the “Lord’s Prayer”, with the six petals representing: Faith, Surrender, Service, Abundance, Forgiveness, and Strength.) I suggest you use this prayer if it speaks to you, or create one of your own. The key is to feel engaged with the labyrinth experience. When you have moved through the six petals, once again place your finger in the middle of the labyrinth and bask in a state of gratitude. Once you feel complete with this process, begin to exit the labyrinth in a slow and conscious manner. When you are finished, take a moment and reflect on your labyrinth experience. I suggest keeping a journal close at hand and write down any insights or treasures the labyrinth may have gifted you. Use the labyrinth daily in a way that creates an enriching and powerful practice for your own personal use. Its purpose is to enhance your life and help to establish a serene daily experience. The labyrinth outline is an exact replica of that in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral, France.
14" x 14" x 1/8"
Artist: Colleen O'Hara
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