Walking a labyrinth: a visit to the grocery store

Excerpt from Work Out Guide,
by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director

This is an invitation to be mindful; to experience something familiar in a new way.

How many times do you think about your grocery store as a labyrinth?

I don’t mean “a complicated, irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s waylabyrinth that frustrates you on a typical weekend.

I mean a labyrinth that welcomes you, as a spiritual pilgrim, into a walking prayer.

On your next trip to the grocery store, consider setting aside your list for a moment and…

Think of the grocery store or another public space as a labyrinth…

Before you get focused on your own needs and wants, walk up and down every aisle or around the space two times. (Trust the process. You won’t look weird; in fact, most people will not even notice. With the exception of the children, they are all inwardly focused.)

On your first trip around, pay attention to your personal way of being. Take deep, slow, breaths as you walk with an awareness of your posture, feel the tension in your own body and quiet the thoughts going through your mind.

When you have walked around the space and have returned to your starting place, pause to feel God’s love for you. You might do this by noticing the vast array of fruits and vegetables provided for your nourishment or by reflecting on your own gratitude for access to food.

On your second trip, look at the faces of those you see. Greet people, if you feel called to do so. Pray for those you feel prompted to pray for. Wonder about their lives. Become acutely aware of the diversity of gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity, culture, etc. Know that each person you see is made in God’s image.

Now, do your regular activity with a renewed connection to this sacred space.

If you found this experience meaningful, you may also want to check out A Summer of Intentions, 20 free daily intentions for spending time with God.

4 replies
  1. Joan
    Joan says:

    Wow – what a wonderful Idea! last week when I was at the grocery store I noticed that almost all the shoppers were immigrants – most full families. Now I have a new way to be attentive to God’s activity around me!

  2. Laurie
    Laurie says:

    Peggy, Thanks for this! I’m putting together a Cross+Gen unit on prayer, with a portable labyrinth as the centerpiece in the Sunday morning gathering space. This helps me develop the “take it with you” piece.


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