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Carolina Life: Moving meditation

“It puts you so at ease, and it makes you feel so at peace,” Evelyn Segui of Lexington, pictured, said after walking the labyrinth at Lexington United Methodist Church. “You start out walking very slowly. All these things that have been on your mind come to your mind. Your body just automatically walks the little white (path).”

“You don’t even have to think about it, and that means you can think about other things,” Segui added.

“It really touched me when I first walked (a labyrinth) fifteen years ago,” Associate Pastor Miyoung Paik said.

It was Paik’s efforts that lead to the church’s making a labyrinth available to the community.

“Some people just cannot sit down and pray. There are many ways of praying.”

Dating back as far as 1500 B.C., labyrinths were designed inside cathedrals so Christians could walk safely inside rather than taking the often hazardous pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The most famous labyrinth is in Chartres Cathedral in France.

The Lexington church sets up the labyrinth, hand painted on canvas, for the community to use on the first Friday of every month. The next scheduled walk is Oct. 3 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

— Tracy Glantz,

tglantz@thestate.com

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