With intention, you place one foot in front of the other.
As you enter the labyrinth, you realize there are no wrong turns, only one path in and one path out.
You take a deep breath, hear birds chirping on the nearby farm, and begin.
From dusk until dawn, there's a little piece of land where the public is welcome to escape the hustle and noise of day-to-day life and experience a meditation labyrinth.
The labyrinth, which represents a tradition centuries in the making, is located just outside Claremore on Pop's Farm For Mother Nature, owned by Jeni Halliday.
She said meditation spaces like these, dating back some 4,000 years, are often found in Christian church yards around the world and create a space for prayer and contemplation—for any denomination or belief.
"It is a connection, a place to clear your mind and be still," Halliday explained. "You don't have to sit to meditate, you can walk. Meditation allows us to hear messages from the divine and for us to be better people….It's about wholeness, about mind, body, and spirit. They're open to all."
Halliday said, "There's a sign on the fence that tells them exactly what to do. Before you enter into the labyrinth you think about what you're asking God's guidance for and while you walk the path, there's a one way path into the center, and when you get to the center you leave the thought with God. As you walk out, following the same path as you went in, you listen to God's message for you.
Every time I walk a labyrinth, I get a message. Sometimes I walk in gratitude only, not asking for assistance. I thank God for my health, my friends."
The sign invites guests to "rediscover a mystical tradition" and says "The labyrinth is a powerful symbol of our spiritual journey that was introduced into medieval prayer practice. Both in that time, and now, people have found it helpful for prayer."
Posted on the iron gate, the sign explains that the labyrinth has only one path, "which winds throughout, becoming a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys."
Meditation is personal and without many rules, but Halliday does have one—"Walk the labyrinth with an open mind and heart."
Those in meditation are encouraged to clear their mind, find their body's natural pace and to be respectful to the space and mother nature.
A story that hit close to home inspired another unique detail of the Pop's Farm labyrinth.
" I had a friend, Karen, that used to live in Claremore, she had a baby die of SIDS at two months old. His name was Noah. Just the other day she and I were talking about Noah, it was over 30-years ago, but she burst into tears. She's still grieving," Halliday said. "So, we wanted to do something to honor the people we've lost that are still in our hearts and I got the idea to write the people's names that we've lost that we still grieve and miss on the rocks."
There's a special rock, placed in the center, bearing Noah's name.
"Everyone is welcome to write the name of their loved ones on a rock. Bring a marker, write it, and every time you go an walk the labyrinth you'll be with them in spirit," she said.
She says according to labyrinthlocator.com, this is the first to be installed in Rogers County.
Pop's Farm for Mother Nature is located at 19120 S. 4220 Road.
The farm sits about eight miles east of Claremore, turning north onto 4220 Road from Highway 20.