November’s Walk

Girl Scout Labyrinth in Park Ridge

The Park Ridge Girl Scout Labyrinth

The month of giving and thanks arrive to herald our walks for November. Continuing with the Annual Gathering theme of taking a journey to the heart, the second focus of building community will provide a way to notice in the walks of November, all the ways that we create while we travel to our heart destination.

Bring in the heartfelt gratitude of this month as you step onto the path and in each week, take in what is built as a result of the many ways we use and apply the labyrinth in our lives.

Suggestions for the month are divided into four weekly considerations:

Week One: Walk to appreciate the many communities you belong to. How do you apply the labyrinth to interact with those communities?  Take note of the ways the labyrinth helps to make a change personally to connect more personably with others. Notice how it helps others to come together.

Tell us about those experiences and help more to understand the labyrinth

Week Two: Walk to become aware of the communities that surround you that aid and assist you or your family. We often don’t think of the communities we are unaware of that have an indirect impact on us. How does knowing about them build a larger sense of community for all? How does it become a heart journey?

Let us know about the community the labyrinth builds and help others to consider this too.

Week Three: Walk to recognize the global communities, their structure, and their purpose. How do they impact us personally, our families, friends, and local efforts? How do we affect the world with our offerings, walks, teachings, designs, expressions, and programs?

Help to build the communities with your insights, wisdom, and experiences with the labyrinth.

Week Four: Walk with the Labyrinth Society in mind. Consider the ways it builds community, how you add to it and what you are able to take away from being a part of it. What are you grateful for?

Generously provide us with your perspectives of this community and why its better with you in it.

Thank you for your helpful thoughts and wisdom. Each expression, sharting and experience helps to define and explain the labyrinth to the world. Your experiences this month can offer an overview of how the labyrinth builds community and what it needs from you to do so. The world is a bigger place when we realize how important are small efforts make a difference. The many ways you use, apply and create experiences with the labyrinth provide much in its definition to others.

May the building of community for you in the weeks of this month offer reflective realizations of how each creates a journey to the heart.

Questions, Comments, or Suggestions?
Lynda Tourloukis
365 Experience Coordinator

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October’s Walk

Fall Walk of the LabyrinthThe fall presents a reflection and a change of seasons into the final quarter of the year. It initiates the final steps of the last three months of the year and offers an opportunity to explore how we end things. This becomes an opportunity to observe the ways we meet any endings, hurried, anticipating, or even enthusiastic, they are our endings.

The Annual Gathering of the Labyrinth Society offers a final step of reflection to many who attend or participate from afar. Its theme offers us a way to explore a journey to the heart this year and apply it in perspective of our labyrinth walk. Traveling to a place of destination in the center, and again from our center to a new destination, we are always moving toward what our heart holds in value.

Of the three focus points of this year’s theme, the first is about making connections. Spend the days of October exploring the ways that you make a connection with the labyrinth and how it furthers all other connections. Walk once this month, or every day, the learning can grow in each step.

You may wish to break each week down with a suggestion to observe the following:

Week One: Walk to observe all of the ways you physically make a connection with the labyrinth.
Taking steps, drawing, teaching, sharing, designing, building, or artistic expression… what physically connects you? Consider the ways you physically use the labyrinth.

Share your experience and add to the Labyrinth Society’s archival wisdom.

Week Two: Walk and relate to the ways you use the labyrinth with others. What connections are made to the labyrinth and to others? Notice how your connection helps you to connect to your expression and how you convey the experience. How can that help another?

Add the wisdom of your experience to develop our 2020 Program.

Week Three: Walk to explore the ways you make a connection with beginnings and endings. Consider what others ask you about how to begin or end, realize the rituals that are important, and appreciate the wisdom of your patterns.

Contribute your insights to add to the walk and education of others.

Week Four: Walk to realize the ways that the labyrinth connects people, communities, and nature. Be an observer this week in the moment and of past reflections from the year. As you walk, recognize the many connections the labyrinth has provided in bringing people to peace, each other, nature, presence, or to a point of a solution.

Help the education of the labyrinth to grow with your insights.

May your walk of connection be contemplative and resourceful to realize the great variety of ways and walks any of us can create. Your contributive thoughts help others to know and grow with the labyrinth more insightfully. There are endless ways to discover, your thoughts are welcomed in building our 2020 year of walking.

As the month closes, consider the weeks of walking that offered a way to realize the variety of connections that end up becoming a journey of the heart.

Questions, Comments, or Suggestions?
Lynda Tourloukis
365 Experience Coordinator

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Me and My Shadow

Day 33

February 2, 2019
Month of Love
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    Play with your shadow’s appearance, move it around the labyrinth as you enjoy your experience it today. Love how big you can make it and the variety of things you can do with it.
  2. For Your Experience: 
    Reflect on the effects of walking with your shadow… what do your steps create?
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

image of shadows on the labyrinth

A fun way to walk the labyrinth, is to walk with your shadow. On this Ground Hog’s Day experience, walking in the early morning or afternoon can walk inside the shadow at some point and outside it at others. As the shadow can represent, larger perspectives than we might normally not see, or smaller ones of a different angles, experiment with where and when your shadow appears.

In the spirit of love, play with your shadow and discover where it might represent the longer views of what you love to be, do or experience as you walk. Imagine the Ground hog’s custom of seeing the shadow as an interpretation of where the love flows freely as if an enormous reflection on the labyrinth and where you might be in search of it should the absence be noted.

You can always position a labyrinth cut out overhead and let the sunlight project its shadow to finger walk, or if the shadow is large enough, you can physically walk it. A very different perspective.

 

Shared by:
L. Tourloukis
365 Experience
Nevada

Image by: L. Tourloukis

 


image of the February 2019 Banner of Love for the TLS 365 Experience by LTourloukis

February: A Month of Love

If we are going to collaborate, contribute and care in a mutually beneficial way, it reasons that a month of love tucked into our year would bring out what we love, why we love it, how we love it, when we do and where we might focus that energy.  In this month the contributions you become aware of can be shared to walk in the steps of what calls our heart to action. As we walk toward walking the world with others, taking steps to realize our own relationship with love will assist us in how and what we are, what we offer and what we contribute.

  1.  Explore steps of love in simple walks personally or professionally in the days of this magical month.
  2.  Become aware of the things you love, the people and what becomes relative when love is the focus.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, and share the love expressed in sharing an experience this month of current experiences or past that are related to the focus of love.
  4. This experience moves forward because of your sharing and caring, thank you!
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Walk of Love

Day 32

February 1, 2019
Month of Love
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    Do a love meditation with love as the focus before you begin your walk and after you complete it.
  2. For Your Experience: 
    Observe the ways in which you walk, notice, energize, and experience the affects.
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

the heart of the tree labyrinth design by theamusedmuse.comIf we are to walk the world with others, a look at love is a worthy walk to begin the month. It deepens our capacity to expand and extend ourselves into the wide sea of possibilities where love is concerned. There is love of what we do, who we are and why we do it to consider outside of our love for one another. There is love of our environment, our world and those who contribute along with us to make it a healthier and happier habitation.

The walk of the first of the month is always a great love in the magical qualities of the newness it creates. After a month of developing beginnings, the walk of love may be reflective and at the same time offer a direction the heart can happily follow. Light hearted steps become a way of the mornings experience. Curving and finding the outer edges of each path’s dimension. Somehow the uplifting of love energizes the center as if to step into the beating heart of the pulse of the world, all the while realizing the significance of the world’s pulse and my own.

Walking over to the great tree on the path away from the labyrinth, a reminder that the heart of this tree was found last year in the center of its structure and this design was inspired to place in its heart shaped opening.  It was an inspired discovery that inspired another discovery and today was a reflective remembrance that inspires a larger walk of love when shared with a visiting friend.

Shared by:
Lynda Tourloukis
365 Experience Coordinator
Nevada

Image by: TheAmusedMuse.com

 


image of the February 2019 Banner of Love for the TLS 365 Experience by LTourloukis

February: A Month of Love

If we are going to collaborate, contribute and care in a mutually beneficial way, it reasons that a month of love tucked into our year would bring out what we love, why we love it, how we love it, when we do and where we might focus that energy.  In this month the contributions you become aware of can be shared to walk in the steps of what calls our heart to action. As we walk toward walking the world with others, taking steps to realize our own relationship with love will assist us in how and what we are, what we offer and what we contribute.

  1.  Explore steps of love in simple walks personally or professionally in the days of this magical month.
  2.  Become aware of the things you love, the people and what becomes relative when love is the focus.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, and share the love expressed in sharing an experience this month of current experiences or past that are related to the focus of love.
  4. This experience moves forward because of your sharing and caring, thank you!
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The Last Beginning

Day 31

January 31, 2019
Month of Beginnings
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    Walk into all the beginnings you created this month.
  2. For Your Experience: 
    Realize the variety of beginnings and how they are each a new experience.
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

image of Arizona labyrinth photo by LTourloukis
We reach the last day of the month of beginnings with a last lap of the labyrinth. On this 31st day of January, never to repeat itself in essence or experience ever again, consider all the ideas, methods, and intentions that became new beginnings in this month and what they yielded as a result. Each day is a walk of the labyrinth of life, turning to move into a point or purpose and back out again, all day long. Each turn takes us into the main point, purpose or central concept in a way that spirals round and round until it reaches its apex. Every experience a new opportunity, even with the same path, person and process.

Sharing a number of labyrinths with a friend from France on this month’s journeys, this Arizona labyrinth was an old favorite that had new beginnings with an old friend, a medicine wheel and a sweat lodge that had been included. What was old was new again and when its shared with another, there is always something more to see and experience.

 

Shared by:
L. Tourloukis
Labyrinth Enthusiast
Nevada

Image by: L. Tourloukis

 


January 2019 banner image

January: A Month of Beginnings

With a focus on sharing this month and the ways we set up our plans to the actual way we place our first step, beginnings can offer us a way to realize our outcomes.

  1.  Explore what beginning is like for you, personally or professionally in all you do.
  2.  Observe yourself in this first quarter of the year as a contribution.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, express yourself in sharing an experience this month.
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A Contribution within a Contribution

Day 30

January 30, 2019
Month of Beginnings
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    Consider the contributions, rituals, customs and blessings that have been a part of the walks before you as you step into your experience on the labyrinth today and the experiences in life you step into.
  2. For Your Experience: 
    Realize how many of those contributions you have been a part of, contributed to and how it has made a difference.
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

Image of the Springdale labyrinth at the hilltop in Springdale, UTIn the spirit of Contribution, Flannigan’s Inn built this labyrinth on the hilltop for all to find solace and inspiration from. Located in Springdale, UT, just outside the entrance to Zion National Park, the labyrinth is a beacon of welcome with an environmental message. The Manager and a few participating guests from the Inn shared perspectives of their experience that spoke of its contribution to the community, environment, and personal perspectives

Recalling a memorable moment, the Manager Reeves shared that visiting monks had contributed a blessing for the labyrinth. The Manager also shared of another contribution by Labyrinth Society’s Founding Member Taffy Lanser’s ceremonial tribute. While this labyrinth is a contribution for so many, it is made up of a number of contributions.

Shared by:
L. Tourloukis
with Flannigan’s Inn Participants
Springdale, UT

Image by: L. Tourloukis

 


 

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January: A Month of Beginnings

With a focus on sharing this month and the ways we set up our plans to the actual way we place our first step, beginnings can offer us a way to realize our outcomes.

  1.  Explore what beginning is like for you, personally or professionally in all you do.
  2.  Observe yourself in this first quarter of the year as a contribution.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, express yourself in sharing an experience this month.
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A Love Yield

Day 29

January 29, 2019
Month of Beginnings
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    In time the labyrinth yields a harvest of ideas, walk with the time between your beginning and now to consider your own harvest.
  2. For Your Experience: 
    What did you yield from your experience?
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

Good Samaritan Hospital Labyrinth

 

I have gained an awesome healing tool that has inspired me over the years  in many ways. The labyrinth has become a go to place for me to release fears, practice patience and stay focused in the moment.

It has brought me closer to myself spiritually and I have met many new people near and far because of a love for the labyrinth.

Shared by:
P. Heatherly
Labyrinth Facilitator
Illinois

Image by: P. Heatherly

 


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January: A Month of Beginnings

With a focus on sharing this month and the ways we set up our plans to the actual way we place our first step, beginnings can offer us a way to realize our outcomes.

  1.  Explore what beginning is like for you, personally or professionally in all you do.
  2.  Observe yourself in this first quarter of the year as a contribution.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, express yourself in sharing an experience this month.
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Ancestral Call

Day 28

January 28 2019
Month of Beginnings
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    Walk with your ancestors on a journey today. Whatever questions you may have, allow you to step into an experience with your roots and observe how they might answer your initial questions.
  2. For Your Experience: 
    Beyond the initial answers, what else did you walk away with in your walk of the ancestors?
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

Labyrinth in Oneness

 

“Walking home to country is a connection our people have always had with Mother Earth

Our culture is defined by the closeness of family circles and staying connected to the people within it. The labyrinth invites and welcomes people to walk the path together – it calls them to the land in oneness.”                

Aunty Ali

Shared by:
Labyrinth Enthusiast

Image by: Unknown Contributor

 


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January: A Month of Beginnings

With a focus on sharing this month and the ways we set up our plans to the actual way we place our first step, beginnings can offer us a way to realize our outcomes.

  1.  Explore what beginning is like for you, personally or professionally in all you do.
  2.  Observe yourself in this first quarter of the year as a contribution.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, express yourself in sharing an experience this month.
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Holding Others, Holding Self

Day 27

January 27, 2019
Month of Beginnings
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    Experience yourself as an individual solo on the walk and at some point begin to regard yourself as one of humanity walking with others.
  2. For Your Experience: 
    Observe the different ways you regard the experience.
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

The Center Point of the LabyrinthRecently, my attention is turning toward the value of being someone who ‘holds’ others – often silently, praying for them or just being a gentle guide in the background. This is a developing ministry for me, (I am an interfaith minister), that is taking me away from my usual preference to be ‘up front’, and probably encouraging me to allow my ego to take less center stage in the process.

I’m increasingly aware that labyrinth walking is a shared experience in which each person experiences their own feelings, thoughts, etc, but at the same time is a part of a greater whole.

Everyone who walks the labyrinth is treated equally, and our egos seem to fade away when we allow ourselves to just walk.

Shared by:
Clive Johnson
Reverend
Sussex, England

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January: A Month of Beginnings

With a focus on sharing this month and the ways we set up our plans to the actual way we place our first step, beginnings can offer us a way to realize our outcomes.

  1.  Explore what beginning is like for you, personally or professionally in all you do.
  2.  Observe yourself in this first quarter of the year as a contribution.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, express yourself in sharing an experience this month.
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The More I Am

Day 26

January 26 2019
Month of Beginnings
Quarter of Consciousness
Let’s Walk the World, a focus of contribution

  1. For Your Walk:
    Spend a little more time than usual in your walk today. Stop and listen, walk slower, engage with what is around
  2. For Your Experience: 
    What is noticed, what is gained in the extra time?
  3. Share:   Share your message
    When we collectively offer the ways to begin, someone sees a new idea, thought or experience to enjoy. Today, share images, art, ideas, designs, tips, facilitations, building strategies, ideas from your book, poems, teachings, etc.

Today’s Experience:

TWalk into the Centerhe more I am in the labyrinth…
the more I have creative ideas centered around sewing projects, art projects, and especially writing projects that present solutions to issues my clients OR I face or new ways of reframing life, so I can move forward in life or business after being stuck.

Shared by:
Kay Whipple
TLS 365 President
New York

Image by:  TLS 365 Experience

 


January 2019 banner image

January: A Month of Beginnings

With a focus on sharing this month and the ways we set up our plans to the actual way we place our first step, beginnings can offer us a way to realize our outcomes.

  1.  Explore what beginning is like for you, personally or professionally in all you do.
  2.  Observe yourself in this first quarter of the year as a contribution.
  3.  Walk, design, teach, build, express yourself in sharing an experience this month.
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