The public is invited to the next guided labyrinth walk at The Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Rd. It will be at 6:30 p.m. today, and the theme will be ''On the Path to Emancipation.'' Walks generally take 20 minutes.
This year, the center is offering a series of themed walks, which are as follows:
* 6:30 p.m. today -- On the Path to Emancipation: Freedom of Mind, Body and Spirit in correlation with the Juneteenth holiday.
* 6:30 p.m. July 15 -- On the Path to Growing
* 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 -- On the Path to Accepting
* 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 -- On the Path to Peace
* 2 p.m. Oct. 12 -- On the Path to Awareness (presentation on spirituality of labyrinths in the center)
The Ursuline Center labyrinth is a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown and open year-round from dawn to dusk for all persons of faith. There is no cost to use the labyrinth, which is handicapped-accessible and offers ample parking.
Printed guides are provided at the labyrinth's entrance, which give suggestions for following the path, but there is no right or wrong way to experience the sacred walk. People can use the labyrinth in any way they need.
The labyrinth design at the Ursuline Center is a replica of the 11-circuit labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France. This pattern, once central to cathedral culture, was inlaid into the stone floor in 1201.
Labyrinths are currently being used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, find balance and encourage meditation, insight and celebration. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural tool of well-being. They can be found in medical centers, parks, churches, schools, prisons, memorial parks and retreat centers as well as in people's backyards.
The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. It has a single circuitous path that winds into the center. The person walking it uses the same path to return and the entrance then becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows a person to be quiet and focus internally. Generally there are three stages to the walk: releasing on the way in, receiving in the center and returning.
To learn more about the Ursuline Center labyrinth, visit www.theursulinecenter.org or call 330-533-3831.