A labyrinth is a single winding path that
leads to the center and out again.
Found in many cultures and traditions, including Celtic,
Native American, Mayan, Egyptian and European, the labyrinth
is a centuries old tool for meditation and reflection.
Walking the labyrinth is a symbolic journey,
a metaphor for the paths we walk each day, and for the direction
we give our lives. There
is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.
Many people walk in silence, in a slow meditative way;
decide what feels right for you.
As you enter:
relax, let go, and release tension.
The center of the labyrinth is a place
to pause, to find peace of mind or reflect on new insights.
Returning from the center can be at time
for internalizing insights and of preparing to re-enter the
When there are others in the labyrinth
with you, be aware of them as part of your journey.
You may pass others at the turns, or by briefly stepping
off the path.
Open yourself to the full experience of
the walk: physical,
mental, and spiritual.
“You know best how much impact Ann Nicole
Nelson ’93 had on others, but we at Carleton College are also
proud of her life and connection with this school.
I am pleased to tell you, therefore, that we have designated
a book from the College’s library collection to be a
lasting memorial to her life and link to Carleton.”
“A special memorial bookplate bearing Ann’s
name has been placed in Edward Sanders’ America- A History
in Verse (Black Sparrow Press:
“You may know that the Carleton seat shows
five open books with a quotation from Psalm 1 19:
‘The opening of Thy word illuminates…’
This memorial in honor of Ann thus testifies to the
value of her life and reflects the College’s mission.”
“Ann’s name will be among those noted on
Remembrance Sunday during reunion weekend in June, reminding
us of her lifetime contributions.
Please accept our condolences and sympathy.”