Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City invites Siouxland area residents to join hospital staff members, physicians and guests to participate in “The Labyrinth Journey” on Friday, May 16th in the hospital’s South (Fifth Street) Lobby.
The circular labyrinth is an ancient Christian symbol that represents the path of grace in the journey of life. Contemporary labyrinths, where walkers move from the edges to the center of the circle, are used for meditation, reflection, discernment, comfort and prayer. Some refer to the labyrinth experience as “meditation in motion.” Thousands of years after their creation, labyrinths of many types are still being created around the world at churches, hospitals, wellness centers, nursing homes, schools and community centers – even in private yards and parks.
In cooperation with Morningside Presbyterian Church in Sioux City, the Wellness Committee at Mercy Medical Center will make the labyrinth floor-canvas available throughout the day on Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Anyone wishing to take part in the experience may do so at any time.
There is no “correct” way to walk the labyrinth. “No two walks are exactly the same. All you need to do is enter, follow the path, and forget your cares. Much of the time, participants reflect, or recite a Bible passage or favorite prayer while letting go of their worries and concerns.”
While on their labyrinth walk, many participants get a sense of traveling with no particular sense of direction. “The labyrinth reminds us that we are on a sacred journey with the Holy One,” said Theresa Gehrke-Herwynen, Manager of Spiritual Care at Mercy Medical Center. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin describes the journey in these words, "we are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."
Mercy hopes that staff members and visiting guests will be able to take a break from the stress of the modern world by engaging in a spiritual practice dating back thousands of years. "As we walk the labyrinth, it is an opportunity to quiet our minds and open our hearts as we return to the center of who we are," said Gehrke-Herwynen.
For more information, contact:
Deb Lemmon, Director of Planning and Marketing (712) 279-2294
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682