Metta Labyrinth | Awakening to the Heart

Metta Labyrinth

~ a path for prayer and meditation; a tool for transformation and healing; a walk with your soul ~  

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What is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is a single winding path leading to a center. Unlike a maze, there are no dead ends. Whoever you are, walking the labyrinth has something to offer. The same path is followed when entering and leaving, but each experience in a labyrinth is unique. It is a personal journey in which one is free to walk at his or her own pace, to pause from time to time or to pass others along the way. If any guideline is given as a “rule” for walking, it would be a walk the labyrinth with an open heart.

If you’re looking for a way to meditate or pray that engages your body as well as your soul the labyrinth provides such a path. When you just want reflective time away from your busy life the labyrinth can offer you time out. The labyrinth holds up a mirror, reflecting back to us not only the light of our finest selves, but also whatever restrains us from shining forth. When struggling with grief, anger, a challenge or illness, walking the labyrinth can point the way to healing and wholeness..         ~ from Exploring the Labyrinth: A Guide for Healing and Spiritual Growth by Melissa Gayle West

Walking a labyrinth is a gift we give to ourselves, 
leading to discovery, insight, peacefulness, happiness, connectedness, and well-being. 



is loving-kindness...

Most simply, Metta is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. 

Loving-kindness is closely related to the softening of the heart that allows us to feel empathy with the happiness and sorrow of the world. It begins with befriending ourselves, healing our own wounds, forgiving ourselves and others, finding joy, and coming to know our inner beauty and true nature. We then pray that others may receive the same.

Loving-kindness is also understood as the innate friendliness of an open heart.

The Metta Prayer
(There are many versions of the Metta Prayer)

May I be filled with lovingkindness.
May I be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May my heart remain open
May I awaken to the light of my true nature
May I be well in body and mind.
May I be at ease and happy.

May all beings be filled with lovingkindness.
May alI beings be safe from inner and outer dangers.
May all beings hearts remain open
May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature
May all beings be well in body and mind.
May allI beings be at ease and happy.

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Entrance to our 40-foot diameter, 7 circuit Metta Labyrinth

Brenda walking the labyrinth

Walking the pathat your own pace, with your own intention

Cynthia in Labyrinth

After reaching the center, sit on the bench to reflect & view the Sandwich Mountain Range

Quan Yin, goddess of compassion, greets you at the Center of Metta Labyrinth

The Building of Metta Labyrinth

~ October 2018 ~


First Step:
Open-hearted communication with Mother Nature, dowsing the land, and determining the best place for our labyrinth...


Then choosing the sacred design…Luna ll, Circular 7-Circuit, adapted from Harmony Labyrinths 
(with a larger center)


Next: laying out the circle


and leveling the ground


Laying ground cloth and stone dust


Stone dust is down, now to compact it from fluff to walking surface


Almost ready for the stones….


Blessings from above…


Placing the rocks cleared from the land hundreds of years ago….from an old Farmers Rock Pile

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The stones are placed with loving care and sacred intentionthe mountains have been a witness to it all

 © Awakening to the Heart -  2018