Unbirthday

Day 146: May 26
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

After the annual pilgrimage of another year sets in, what does the next day look like? There is much in celebration and anticipation that arrives with any impending event, though when the event has made its arrival and completes, where do we find ourselves in the emergence of a new voyage. It may have something to do with our preparations, eagerness or intensity of the intention. When they are clear and directed, it holds an abundance of energy and excitement and in the absence of, the door is wide open to new invitation and how we integrate change.

 

 

On this 146th day…
Celebrate


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.
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An Unfolding Decade of Wisdom

Day 145: May 25
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

The Lotus Labyrinth Design by Lynda TourloukisLast year I mentioned the idea of creating a birthday labyrinth and as I have created special labyrinths for organizations to community and for family and friends, I hadn’t yet designed a labyrinth specifically for birthdays or to signify a new year. For me this day signals a new year and a new decade as well. Walking on the decade of the past there was much in observance and celebration of the gains and losses and great appreciation for all. It had been a decade of laughter, play and great creativity and now the curiosity of what a new decade might offer left much in wonder. It is with the community of friends, family, acquaintances, supporters and collaborators that the sage in wisdom spoke to allowing what appeared and using what came naturally and simply.

In cleaning up paperwork and completing tasks, the Lotus Labyrinth I designed last year fell out of a folder and floated onto the table and as if by magic resurfacing to remind of the simple joys that went into creating it and its natural flow. At the time it seemed to have a purpose not yet realized, though its return and appearance today spoke volumes in the wisdom of what might lay in the decade ahead.

The lotus symbolizes purity, rebirth, awakening, spirituality and wisdom. An interesting finding is that there are five main colors of lotus from blue, white, purple, red and pink. In this design, pink is the actual predominant color displayed in the larger display of the art. The pink lotus is said to the true flower of the Buddha.  As this new birthday rises and new decade dawns, to be in association of these qualities and characteristics are a happy and humble message of the journey of the not just the year ahead, but the many years into the unknown. The unfolding of years is like the gifts in the blossoming petals that stretch out and find their fullness. Each being a unique and individual splendor, though importantly each representing a  part of the whole floral experience.

Feeling the newness spread out in vast array and knowing it is all a gift to experience, celebrate and enjoy as we were designed with joy in mind in this wily and wonderful life.

 

On this 145th day…
Walk in celebration of your own birth today and be reminded of what showed up in representation. How does that still show up in today’s simple walk?

 


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.
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Daily Celebrations

Day 144: May 24
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Daily Celebrations with a labyrinth overlaid of rectangles and footstepsWhat practices or commitments do you make on a daily basis? Walking the labyrinth is one we can do to compliment our meditation, intentions, prayer, exercise, focus time or conscious presence, creative time, stress release or even better….joy increase. Where we want to improve, repeating a process or practicing it helps us to know it more and adapt to the lesson or desire to understand more. It is in those practices that we can appreciate and celebrate what we are doing to promote new understanding and make improvements with our understanding of ourselves and the world. We might not even realize that each time we step forward into a practice or commitment, we are celebrating the forward movements we make.

From eating to eating in a healthy way, to walking for discovery or improvement, the many simple things we do all day long may have a sense of repetition that we often don’t think about that are what allow our abilities to sharpen and strengthen. Take some time today to realize how many little and seemingly insignificant  things you do for your own well being and as you do, appreciate them and celebrate yourself. As we make improvements and cause for celebration in our own lives, we can help but interface with others in this better way and elevate the world too.

In this design there are 196 different positive ideas of things you probably do everyday though don’t consider the celebration of them…. Observe the change when you do.

 

On this 144th day…
Walk with all the things you do daily and celebrate those things that you do to improve and appreciate your life.


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.
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Curiosity Champions Celebration

Day 143: May 23
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

The labyrinth at Boulder CitySometimes the celebrations come in the change of expectations. Where too much expectation leaves us hoping, wanting and generally unfulfilled, having little seems to provide happy surprises. General curiosity appears to be a nice alternative to expectation as when we earnestly want to know, there is a humility present instead of an entitlement. Today was such a day of curiosity. Finding there was a known labyrinth only 20 minutes away from a present appointment and the time being available for such an exploration, taking the journey was an easy decision. Even after having designed hundreds of labyrinths, created programs and facilitations in the hundreds and traveled nationally and internationally with great perspective; there was something important about being so close and taking the opportunity

From pictures and images previously shared, it didn’t appear that it would be anything much different, however in an area where labyrinths aren’t as prevalent as other more populated locations, it may have been what made the draw so inviting. Fortunately, the drive only found a few detours along the way and in the variety of turns to arrive, a labyrinth formed in the destination’s journey.

A line of Poplar trees welcomed for a stretch of a quarter mile brought a delightful smile as a first impression that foretold of what lay ahead. The labyrinth was part of a peace garden and the sheer size of the cacti and plant formations displayed visual clues of the garden’s age . Where the images shared previously were true to form of the labyrinth’s basic formation, they did not depict the serene setting, the open surroundings or the subtle energies present. Curiosity it seemed, had won out.  There was a magical walk in the twilight waiting here and in the solo splendor of being alone, the grace of this space was rich in simplicity and compassionate wisdom of those who had walked this path and left their wishes behind. Cause for quiet celebration.

On this 143rd day…
Take a walk with expectation and then take one with curiosity. Observe the differences and which brings you truth.

 


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.
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Living Loving and Laughing with Laura

Day 142: May 22
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

The Pink Boa Labyrinth for LauraIn the heart and art of celebration, a friend is just that. Today is the birthday of Laura, she is a joyous soul who’s creativity is inspired by service. She brings her human presence fully alive to the Midwestern Ministry she provides as a Pastor of a small church  in Iowa.

She is also a Master Trainer of Laughter like myself and together we have offered 10 annual  conferences on the joy of living through laughter, playfulness and creativity. It is when we joined forces that the real fun began and I had opportunity to know this inspired individual even better.

Fond of labyrinths, this one is designed and dedicated to her outrageous spirit. In her church, they laugh in the pews to recall their joyful spirit and whether she is in Ministerial robes of providing an amusing way to explain her sermon, a pink boa is not far away.

So with a capital L for Loving, Living and Laughing out loud, it sits in the center for Laura who demonstrates to her parishioners, community, family and friends that it is ok to live out loud and beyond the box of conditioning. Happy Birthday Laura!

 

On this 142nd day…
Celebrate how you step out of the box and why you appreciate it.

 


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.
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Shaping your Path

Day 141: May 21
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Three shapes of one pathIn a group of women yesterday, the dialogue following the walk included many of the trials and lessons that individuals were currently in process with. There was a sense of needing to fix the situation, as if the place they were in had no value. Between the over analysis and the curious expectancy of the group, I gave each a piece of paper and asked them to draw a shape that represented their circumstance and then asked them to walk again taking in consideration the shape they had chosen. After the walk, interesting dialogue came about in the way of what was balanced, what cycled and found its end a new beginning and taking notice of different angles and perspectives. Focusing on the shapes seemed to bring out the characteristics of their situation and an interesting matching characteristic of the shapes. This awareness provided an opportunity to see differently and discover that the blessing of the problem with a greater focus on solution.

For a change of perspective to what works, what’s good and what is right; celebrating the walk with acceptance of the shape you are in can make a difference in your steps and in your outcome. This design came to mind afterwards illustrating that point and remind us in our walk that moving through what we think is a problem can often show us the answer. The shapes are different colors to highlight their features and in walking through, it might at first seem confusing to step over into another shape or color, though staying on the one path will take you past confusion and into clarity.

On this 141st day…
Choose a shape to go along with a question and discover what shape you are in by following your path to conclusion and focusing on the characteristics of what you can appreciate.


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.
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Walking in Tune

Day 140: May 20
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Musical focus labyrinthOne thing that can make something within us move is music. Whether it is the body swaying in synchronization or just a foot tapping along, every part of our brain is activated when music is present. There is quite a lot of wonderful scientific evidence regarding the elevation that it creates and as a result the field of neuromusicology has been developed to study the variety of ways our nervous system responds to music. This of course is not new as ancient cultures revered music and for those who facilitate programs of the labyrinth, music is a natural accompaniment.

In making the Roman Labyrinth round in design with a minor adjustment to the ancient design, what is found at the center, is a musical note. In many ways we walk the labyrinth to attune ourselves to a message, metaphor or meaning. At other times we walk to simply tune in to what is present around us or to a particular question. We are also fine tuning definitions, understandings and ideas and as we find the center, we can find our center and where we might be in tune or out in someway. Our year long message is to discover the chords that make our tune ring true. Enjoy your day with musical accompaniment and observe the simple appreciations and celebrations that occur.

On this 140th day…
Walk with music today so that it is a different walk than you’ve experienced before. Use different music and observe what comes out in steps.


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.
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Scrabyrinthing

Day 139: May 19
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

Scrabblizing the Labyrinth with ideas from the Amused Muse 2018As the play with words continues on our scrabble message boards today, a number of expressions have come up that make the experience all the more enjoyable in creating designs with words and words of design. It seemed it would be a fun game to develop and so am putting together designs and ideas for something that could be educational and inspirational. With young students, it’s typical for us to create labyrinths out of a variety of materials that are on hand or with a greater intention, such as canned or boxed food for a food or gloves and mittens for a mitten labyrinth. Though with words and designs it can inspire something new.

These were a few of the designs that speak to our purpose in this year of finding our greater abilities and a definition of what the labyrinth is. In the game of Scrabble there is a limitation with the number of letters available so some creative solutions are coming forth to explore on the path, with the path and for the path of the labyrinth.  Cause for appreciation, celebration with inspired realization

On this 139th day…
Walk with your favorite expressions of the labyrinth in quote, story or saying. Observe the ways in which you are that expression.

 


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.

 

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The Scrabyrinth

Day 138: May 18
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

The Scrabyrinth Design by the Amused Muse 2018Celebrating creativity with words became more enjoyable, appreciative and engaging with the new super Scrabble game I surprised Mom with on Mother’s Day. Since then, using the game to engage has invited a number of opportunities.

Leaving the board on a table that is enroute to the kitchen, we each add to the game throughout the day and becomes a quick way to note her function, attitude and outlook for the day.  In spilling a number of tiles on the kitchen table, they became sentences that led to designs that opened up conversations and uplifted the dialogue.

Mom has become a bit of a designer too, learning the patterns of the labyrinth, she asks of their purpose and why they are significant. It’s easier sometime and often more fun and engaging on her part to follow the path for the message.

Finding simple methods for interaction and engagement, we’ve made a number of designs and messages with our new Scrabyrinth.  For Scrabble fans, the added note of fun is that if you start on the bottom, you’ll come out on top and there are 211 points here! 

On this 138th day…
Celebrate your words and observe how they fit into your walking design for more appreciation and realization today.


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization

May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.

 

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Facilitation and Creation

Day 137: May 17
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Celebration

New England Wooded Labyrinth Paths
Facilitation Experiences from Karen S. of New England, Certified Labyrinth Walk Facilitator:

The tabletop labyrinths I have designed and created were inspired by my desire to walk the path in winter, when the wooded path is buried under 3 feet of snow. I walk my original tabletop path often and have another one I love to walk that was made for me by my daughter. I’ve given a few to friends, including a bling coworker, and sold one made of pine needles and branches.

When I facilitate a walk I often offer walkers an opportunity to complete a craft to take home with them as a reminder of their time on the path. Sometimes it’s a pin, at others it’s a mandala, or a smaller path to keep with them to walk whenever they need a lift. During this relaxing, open time, participants are encouraged to share insights about their labyrinth walk experience.

Celebrating the winter for its creative inspiration, celebrating the offerings to others, and celebrate the experiences created and the take away reminders.

On this 137th day…
Celebrate where your creativity comes from, what you give and what you receive from the inspirations and appreciations.

 


The Month of Celebration, Appreciation and Realization
May’s Focus: Celebration

Life is a celebration to explore in the next 31 days. With the idea of walking the labyrinth and its tri-focus on releasing, receiving and reflecting, let’s shift the perspective to one that walks in with appreciation, finds the honest realization from each day and walks out in celebration.  Observe what 31 days of this focus might reflect and how it elevates our life condition.

Four focus points to expand your celebration of this month’s experience:

  1. Share your ideas, in your personal experiences, how you share the labyrinth with others, art, design or method of construction or in other ways that it may be utilized. Let others know about this daily experience and opportunity by sharing it. Find us on this blog and on the Labyrinth Societies Facebook page
  2. Join our Mid Month Dialogues on May 15th at 2pm CST for a lively look at what you have created and will create in the idea of celebration. This month’s theme was a direct result of our last month’s Mid Month Dialogue!
  3. Participate in the daily opportunity of this educational focus of  your personal journey, how you lead, teach or share with others, and what you create for contribution or purpose with this theme.
  4. Remember that our theme is about finding our greater capacities, abilities and true realities in being honest with our potential. We focus on what we can do as it is inherently more useful and productive.

 

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