I walk and revere circles. They are ancient, cyclical, and span the globe. Wherever you are on Earth, you can find ground labyrinths to walk in your area here. Many people relate them to mazes, but they are not mazes. The difference is that mazes force you into a path that might lead to a dead end, but labyrinths are different; the person who is on a labyrinth path enters the path, reaches the goal, or center, continues the walk to its completion.
They are intended to be spiritual paths; one walks the labyrinth to gain clarity, quiet the mind, and/or ask a question to gain resolve in the center. Often meditation takes place in the center, followed by the walk out, which concludes the labyrinth journey.
They come in many forms; finger labyrinths, for example, can be used in a home, library or office. Labyrinths can be constructed of materials that are temporary or permanent.
International educational institutions are adding labyrinths to their campuses for students to walk and gain clarity and mindfulness, and to releive test anxiety and writer's block. Hospitals, nursing homes, temples and rehabilitation centers are also among the growing population hiring labyrinth builders to build these sacred structures on their grounds for meditational and healing practice.